Placeholder Gameworks announced the release of Death and Taxes. Death and Taxes releases on PC platforms, for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Death and Taxes puts you into the role of the Grim Reaper – Death – on an office job. The choices you make, your relationship with your boss and the way you play will determine whether you will save the world or condemn it to damnation. Meet a cast of oddball characters, foil plots to destroy the world and dress your Reaper to impress, all while experiencing a world in beautiful hand-painted 2D watercolor style.
Death and Taxes is a game in the vein of narrative-based indie titles, such as “Papers, Please”, “Reigns”, “Beholder” and “Animal Inspector”, to name a few.
So… why the Grim Reaper?
Placeholder Gameworks started from the get-go as dedicated to making thought-provoking games. As a direct result, Death and Taxes has been designed from the ground up to inflict a deep and emotional response in its players, while keeping them safe with a sometimes dark sense of humour. The game’s development is spearheaded by Leene Künnap, a recent graphic design graduate and fresh indie developer, with the game’s theme coming from her own personal experiences with death.
“I lost my mother when I was 10. I had no-one to talk to, as the western society doesn’t really know how to deal with serious topics… like death. When you do bring it up, people often go quiet or don’t know how to react, because they haven’t thought about it or don’t want to,” said Leene Künnap of Placeholder Gameworks. “Learning about the topic from movies, books and cartoons started opening me up. This is why I am now making a game about death, hoping that it will help others like it has helped me.”
• Meaningful choices
• Branching storyline with multiple [SECRET] endings
• Fully voiced NPCs
• Original Soundtrack
• Original artwork featuring watercolor graphics
• Dialogue options
• Upgrade shop
• Twitch integration