One trailer at this week’s Future Games Show (embedded above, or on YouTube) was not like the others. Outside of some obvious throwbacks to classic game genres, particularly retro RPGs, Dome-King Cabbage bears little resemblance to the other games we’ve seen at Gamescom so far. It’s described on its Steam page as “a visual novel set in the world of a monster-collecting RPG,” but that phrase does little to indicate the surreal mixed media variety show the trailer makes it out to be.

Every frame is full of things to puzzle over and raises more questions than it answers. Why does the angel guy have no skin over his flesh, why is this VW bug driving over a brick road in the sky, and why are there copyrights for ’95, ’96, and ’98 floating across the bottom of the screen? It’s fanciful and dark, mixing cute drooly mouse food truck workers with a choice of galaxies to destroy.

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