Release Date

Q1/2019

Platforms

iOS, PC, Mac, Steam

Description

Astrologaster is a story-rich astrological comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London. Take on the role of the notorious Doctor Simon Forman and use Astrology to treat his patients. Will you win their favour or ruin their lives?

London, 1592. A great plague sweeps through the capital. When doctors flee the city in fear, a hero rises. His name is Simon Forman, “Doctor” of Astrology, Astronomy and Physick. Not only does he have the power to cure the sick, he can find their lost pets and predict their futures! All by reading the movements of the stars. But when the plague ends, Forman’s problems begin. The real doctors return to London and they will stop at nothing to bring him down...

Simon Forman was considered a sage by some and a charlatan by others. What will your legacy be? Will you put your faith in the stars?

History

The idea for Astrologaster originated one day in 2015 when Nyamyam’s Jennifer Schneidereit saw the University of Cambridge’s Dr Lauren Kassell present her research on Simon Forman’s casebooks. Jennifer was fascinated by this intensely ambitious astrologer and his patients, who ranged from Bishops and Baronesses to barmaids and sea captains. Sometimes strange, often intimate and frequently hilarious, his patients’ problems paint a vivid portrait of the world of Elizabethan London in the time of Shakespeare. Inspired by this wealth of character and story material, as well as the idea of using astrology as a gameplay device, Jennifer set about devising a way to drive a narrative experience by turning the practice of doing real astrology into an original and accessible game mechanic. And with the help of Dr Kassel’s research team, Nyamyam mined Forman’s life and original patient records for inspiration for our characters and stories.

Features

  • Guide Forman in casting and interpreting real astrological charts.

  • Help solve patients’ problems that range from Elizabethan terror plots and foul diseases, to romantic entanglements and missing spoons. Will you win their favour or ruin their lives?

  • Gain Forman enough influence and legitimacy to obtain a medical licence and prove the London medical establishment wrong.

  • Dark humour in the tradition of British TV comedies like Blackadder and Horrible Histories

  • The most colourful Shakespearean-style insults and disses you will find in any game

  • Based on a true (and truly ridiculous) story.

Images

Logo

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Astrologaster Credits

Jennifer Schneidereit
Creative Director, Nyamyam

Phil Tossell
Technical Director, Mochimocha

Katharine Neil
Writer and Narrative Designer, Freelancer

Adam Clark
Art Director, Freelancer

Andrea Boccadoro
Composer, Freelancer

Wayne Peters
3D Modelling, Freelancer

Christiaan Moleman
Animator, Freelancer

A game by Nyamyam

Astrologaster is being developed by Nyamyam. Nyamyam is an independent game developer based in the UK. We strive to create beautifully crafted-games, with unconventional concepts. More information on Nyamyam, our logo & relevant media are available here.