Karmaflow: The First Rock Opera Video Game Blane Humphries August 20, 2013 Indie Stash, Spotlight 1 Comment What do you get when you combine puzzle and platforming gameplay with musical talent from some of the largest European rock/metal bands? The answer is Karmaflow, a puzzle platforming adventure game the developers are claiming will be the first rock opera video game ever created. What makes this game so intriguing is the presentation and the sheer amount of musical talent it has supporting it. The game has a star-studded cast of singers and vocalists from some of the biggest names in the European metal scene, exploring almost every sub-genre in the category. Karmaflow’s current cast of singers/voice actors includes: Mark Hudson of Dragonforce, Henning Basse of Metallium and Firewind, Elize Ryd of Amaranthe and Kamelot, Mark Jansen of Epica and MaYan, Simone Simons of Epica, Mariangela Demurtas of Tristania, Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist, and Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth. To compliment the voice talent, the game’s musical score is being performed by the world-famous Dutch Metropole Orchestra with supporting musicians on drums, guitars, and bass. According the game’s press materials, in Karmaflow you play the role of the Karmakeeper. The Karmakeeper is responsible for maintaining the balance of Karma in the multi-verse, a balance that has been distorted and has led to the destruction of the guardian spirits of each universe. It is now the Karmakeeper’s task to restore balance to the multi-verse by facing the guardians of each universe in a series of puzzles and platforming challenges to return the long-lost Karmaflows back to their respective worlds. Each guardian is voiced by one of the aforementioned singers as they perform the game’s story and tell how they all met their downfall through music. The music changes depending on the player’s performance throughout the game. The Karmakeeper The Netherlands based development team is being led by Ivo van Dijk, who wrote the rock opera Equilibrio in 2008. Dijk and his team say they were inspired by games like Zelda, Journey, and Darksiders and they hope to bring players a new and unique take on the puzzle/platforming adventure game genre. Considering the variety of musicians and quality gaming inspirations, Karmaflow looks like it could be one of the most unique gaming, and musical, experiences of this generation. We’ve reached out to the development team about this project and will provide updates about the game as they are made available. For more information about Karmaflow be sure check out their website. If you like what you see and want to help support the game and help the team bring in more musical talent to the game, you can make a donation to their Indiegogo page. UPDATE: Dijk, the creative director and composer for Karmaflow, has agreed to do a special edition of the Two Dash Stash Games Cast with us! Here, he will be able to talk in detail about the game and answer all of our questions. UPDATE 2: Check out the Karmaflow Indie Stash Cast here! Be sure to check back with TwoDashStash for more updates about Karmaflow! Todd Black Looks cool Blane. Love the teaser they had, very artistic. Let me know when you learn more!