Google Stadia, the platform that aspired to be the Netflix of video games, closes its doors. January 18 has been the day chosen by Google to let the service die once and for all. The reasons behind its closure have been many, but of course, the quality of its service has not been one of them.
Although Google Stadia has not turned out to be exactly a success, we cannot deny that it has left us real great games behind it. Fortunately, some of its exclusives are available on other platforms such as PC or console.
During its development, Hello Neighbor became one of the most prominent viral phenomena of 2017. Every time you opened YouTube, the normal thing was to find someone playing the demo of tinyBuild and Dynamic Pixels. Its popularity gave rise to several sequels and spin-offs, such as Hello Neighbor 2 or Secret Neighbor.
The one that concerns us today is Hello Engineer, a multiplayer construction game that went on sale in October 2021. It is set in the same terrifying universe as Hello Neighbor, with the fantastic addition that we can build practically anything. If you want to give it a try, you’re in luck as it’s also available on PC.
GYLT was one of the first exclusives that Google Stadia received and was developed by Tequila Works (responsible for games like RiME, Deadlight or The Sexy Brutale). The game invites us to reflect on topics as delicate as bullying or childhood depression, under the veil of survival horror.
Although GYLT does not try to scare the player easily, its intention is rather another: to trap us in a dark and suffocating atmosphere through the story of Sally, the protagonist. The influence of other titles like Silent Hill or Resident Evil is more than palpable and its combination of puzzles and stealth will offer us a great gaming experience. Although it was exclusive to Stadia, Tequila Works has already confirmed that GYLT will be ported to other platforms in the future.
PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle
Released in 2020, PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle adds to the long list of games that the famous Pacifier has to his credit. On this occasion, Mega Tunnel Battle combines the classic Pac-Man arcade game with the mechanics of a battle royale. Although the idea may seem somewhat far-fetched, the truth is that it works. The title supports up to 64 simultaneous players and they must compete to be the last Pac-Man standing.
Mega Tunnel Battle brings back the classic elements of Pac-Man with new power-ups and large maps, some of which are clearly retro-inspired. The title (developed by Havy Iron Studios) retains all the spirit of Pac-Man as always but with such interesting additions as being able to invade other players’ boards to annoy them like hell. At the moment, Bandai Namco has not announced that the title will be released outside of Google Stadia. Will we see it on other platforms in the future?
Developed by Splash Damage, Outcasters is an online multiplayer shooter starring quite colorful characters with a cartoon aesthetic. Although the name Splash Damage may not ring a bell at first, you will be surprised to learn that they are responsible for the multiplayer modes of titles such as Doom 3 and Gears of War (4 and 5).
Although Outcasters players had a lot to say about the title, it has failed to connect with the audience. After a while, Outcasters decided to go free-to-play without much success. Due to the continued decline, Splash Damage posted a statement on Twitter stating that there would be no porting of Outcasters to other platforms outside of Stadia.
Pixel Junk Raiders
From the hand of the creators of The Tomorrow Children, we have Pixel Junk Raiders, another of the exclusives that Google Stadia received. It is a third-person roguelike action game that also takes advantage of Stadia’s exclusive feature of “State Share“. Thanks to this, players can take screenshots and others can enter that game state using only that image.
In Pixel Junk Raiders, we take on the role of a replicant human who is constantly searching for habitable planets. While we search for other survivors, we will have to face creatures of all kinds (and colors). Currently, Dylan Cuthbert (founder and CEO of Q-Games) is immersed in a process to rescue Pixel Junk Raiders and move it to other platforms.
The importance of video game preservation
Although many of these games are not incredible, the truth is that losing them is not the best option for anyone. Now more than ever, the preservation of videogames is becoming increasingly important and there are great reasons for this: its documentation and study is necessary to show how videogames have evolved over the years.