Squirrel with a Gun is nuts (in the best way)
One of the most fun things about following a bunch of game developers on Twitter is that you get to see the process of how some really cool indie games are made. That’s exactly what happened to me with Dan DeEntremont‘s upcoming project Squirrel with a Gun — and yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like.
The first I saw of this awesome game was a viral tweet from back in May of this year, where he showed off the first time he got fur on the squirrel. The whole thing looks insanely realistic, and obviously, the fact that the little fluffy rodent was holding and firing a gun caught everyone’s attention. (I mean, who doesn’t love a game with a fluffy, adorable protagonist.)
Trying grooms in #UnrealEngine5! 🔫🐿️ Squirrel is still a Blender rig, but Houdini handles the fur. This was extremely challenging, but very fun to explore!#indiedev #gamedev #UnrealEngine #blender3d #Houdini #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/dyLfZGkH0W
— Squirrel with a Gun 🔫🐿️ (Wishlist it!) (@QuiteDan) May 15, 2022
Of course, the game has developed a whole lot more in the past few months, and it’s pretty fun to scroll through DeEntremont’s Twitter page and see all of the progress videos compiled in one spot.
Squirrel with a Gun has rightfully gotten a lot of attention over the past few months, because I haven’t seen a game capture the internet’s sense of humor so accurately in a long time. Now the game has finally been listed on Steam, and while we may not have any kind of release window yet, it’s cool to see a small developer making bits steps like that. I know I’m adding it to my wish list.
Squirrel with a Gun is a testament to how social media has changed the landscape for indie developers in a big way. DeEntremont has been able to make this entire project by himself (at least to my knowledge) and garnered a huge following for it simply because he had a funny idea and the gumption to pull it off.
Here’s hoping that indie devs continued to be inspired by seeing others succeed like this, because the more goofy indie games there are in my life, the better.