This is a Sand Gardeners project. It means the writing, the art, and half or more of the design are done by the artist Sam Machell.
Brownie Cove Express
steam stars snow
Marc Loths - Animator
Brownie Cove Express is a haunted collage adventure game about trains, snow, ghosts, and memories. It will depart in winter.
Across windy mountain trails and tracks, snowy static blizzards, and other such cold wintery magics, a train powers on - carrying a group of mysterious travellers to an unknown fate - you explore their stories through experimental narrative and playful vignettes.
Much of the game is spent reading and interacting with the 6 complex and intriguing characters through choices. Rather than focusing on large branching stories where players can control the outcome, the story is more linear with a focus on experimental prose, with the choices reflecting player expression and curiosity.
"This is definitely a game with a lot to say and a lot to think about; it's experimental for a reason, so certainly not for everyone, but players that can appreciate something deep, artful, and unique will appreciate Brownie Cove Express." - Mirror
"I have never been taken to such emotional depths so quickly as I have been with Brownie Cove Express. It’s a nearly-painful look at what exists within ourselves, forcing me to face some things I’d long buried." - Indie Games +
"The artwork is excellent and the trailer and official website help to create a surreal and unsettling tone. Who knows what mysteries Brownie Cove Express will hold, but it certainly looks like it’s going to be an interesting ride." - Alpha Beta Gamer
"Sand Gardeners were certainly able to grab our judges attention, and leave them just wondering what fate awaits those on the Brownie Cove Express." - PC Games Insider