A fun little trailer has appeared on Kicktown today for a game called The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods. It tells the story—in polished, colorful fashion—of a real park in Toronto that has apparently become prime hangout turf for the city’s swarms of Pabst-guzzling hipsters. And they’re trashing the place!
In TWoTB the player controls a hunchy, androgynous “wizard” as they walk around and creepily collect the empty beverage vessels left behind by the negligent denizens of Trinity Bellwoods Park. With the money earned from collecting cans, the player can upgrade their living situation. But you have to watch out not to bump into the hipsters (or hipmen, at least. femsters seem not to be represented at this stage in development), or you risk getting the cans knocked out of you. And the game promises changing characters to match the gentrification of the area over a 10+ year span.
The game is being created by a man of assumingly-close relation to Trinity Bellwoods named Chris De Castro. It’s obvious that Chris has no real animosity toward hipsters and is actually poking a bit of fun at himself and his fellow Torontonians with The Wizards. It’s a fun way to promote the work of the selfless people who clean up a park he loves. Here’s the trailer:
All in all, it’s a very well-made video, but I don’t see how walking around collecting cans can hold up as an engaging game mechanic on its own. But maybe I just don’t know the magic of public responsibility. If you want to check it out yourself, the Kickstarter is here.