A new region has been added to Ooblets with the Port Forward 0.8 update, which is available…. now! Ooblets is currently in early access across Xbox and PC.
The new Port Forward region contains a fun addition to the game in the form of arcade cabinets, throwing a little top-down puzzler and scrolling endless runner style minigame for you to play. There’s six new mini-games in particular, but then there’s also a bunch of new ooblets, new shops, new decor, new systems, new stoves, new recipes, and more.
Ooblets is just a wonderfully quirky game, blending farming, life and dancing together. There’s a lot going on, with growing and selling crops like in Stardew Valley, but then building a team of dancing Ooblets, levelling them up to unlock new dance moves. Obviously you’ll then compete in dance-offs to earn new Ooblet seeds and grow more friends.
Meanwhile, there’s the slice-of-life gaming within Badgetown, getting to know the townspeople, completing daily challenges, earning badges and also helping the Mayor save the town from mysterious forces.
Announced way back in 2017, Ooblets was originally planned for release in 2018, but eventually launched into Game Preview on Xbox and Early Access on Steam in July 2020. Since then there have been regular updates and expansions to the game.
As it was first made available, Miguel previewed the game for us, saying:
Ooblets has a lot going for it already, it’s far from finished. There’s a lot of amazing potential here, and an adorably overwhelming amount of charm and personality. If you’re happy with getting your feet wet with a very work-in-progress package, then you’ll want to dive right in. If you’d prefer to play the game from beginning to end, though, you’ll need to wait until there’s a proper end to speak of.
They’re clearly getting there, with just one more point update before they legally have to hit version 1.0. I think that’s how game development works… right?