Pokémon clone lets you fuse your own monsters

Pokémon is awesome and all, but you can’t make your own monsters. Now, thanks to the tireless work of one developer, you can create the chimera monster of your dreams by fusing creatures together. The game doesn’t have a name yet, but the demo of developer RujiK uses the sorcery of game developers to “procedurally generate” monsters. That way you can combine all kinds of creatures to create unique monster combinations.

We’ve got these unique monsters and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and screenshots of works in progress. Each week, the Polygon staff scours the internet for the most interesting games still under construction to give you a taste of the coolest upcoming projects.

This week features a watercolor-style game set in France, a chaotic battleship, a third-person shooter that follows you every step of the way, and a Spider-Man-inspired action game.

Who needs Pokémon when you can make your own monsters?

RujiK is the developer behind a new game that allows players to “procedural” crossbreeding animals. This is just a fancy way of saying that the monsters players merge aren’t drawn from a pre-built asset art; the game instead creates a completely new monster. The developer has posted a log that goes into more detail about how it works, and a clip on Twitter shows the game merging an ant with a snake to create what essentially looks like a long, squiggly monster that combines features of the two. RujiK’s Twitter account is filled with all sorts of goodies, so be sure to check out their work.

Take a nostalgic trip to France in this watercolor adventure

A studio called Un Je Ne Sais Quoi (which means “An I don’t know” in French) creates a dreamy story adventure set in France. The game called Dordogne, follows a young woman who tries to solve a puzzle left behind by her late grandmother. A new GIF from the developers showed part of Dordogne in which you can capture in-game sound with a microphone and tape recorder. The visual style is stunning and if you want to learn more, the game has a page on Steam.

Battleship gets chaotic with comic book effects

Nice cargo ships Scrap Sea takes the feeling of doing donuts in the parking lot and puts it in a battleship game. The clear design and whimsical colors make the boats look almost like children’s toys in a bathtub. A clip shows the game in action, including the game’s comic book-like visual effects during attacks. You can find more information at Scrap Sea on the game’s Steam page.

There’s no escaping yourself in this third-person shooter

This shooter adds an element of chaos by leaving a trail of body doublings in your path. A clip by Victor Careil shows the concept in action. In it, we see a red character running through a map, and as the character runs, they leave dozens of voxel doubles in their path. The path is long; in the clip, the character jogs around the map until they end up in the same place they started, with a map filled with doubles. Careil experiments a lot with different projects, and you can check out more of them work on Twitter.

Another game inspired by Spider Man? sick

Here developer Zahid Ali Jeelani shows off a game called Enera. Apparently the game is inspired by the Miles Morales movie Into the Spider-Verse; Jeelani said on their Twitter that she has a “Into the Spider-Verse feel.” In the clip of the game, the protagonist jumps from a tall building, and their limbs swing around as they fall. The character has a kind of clunky look to them, as they swing around when they come down. If you like Spider-Man-esque games, you can find more updates about this game at his Twitter account.

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