We Happy Few – Incredibly Promising Title Launches Kickstarter Campaign


The incredibly promising title, by Compulsion Games, We Happy Few has just launched its Kickstarter campaign. The tale of a plucky bunch of slightly terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful delusion. Set in a drug-fuelled, retro-futuristic city in an alternative history 1964 England, you’ll have to blend in with its other citizens, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

We Happy Few is a first person roguelike game set in a procedurally generated city

It’s a first-person game, set in a procedurally generated, fully 3D city that you must escape before society collapses around you. But, like any good roguelike, you’re probably going to die a few times before you figure out how it all works.

You will need to learn how to conform and avoid suspicion. You will need to hunt for supplies, and craft the devices and weapons that enable you to make it out of town alive. What do the Wellies approve of you doing? What makes them suspicious? What turns them into a homicidal mob? And is there anyone here who can help you?

In We Happy Few, your main minute-to-minute need is to avoid suspicion.

The Wellies really hate Downers, and are very touchy if they think you might be one. But, if you don’t draw too much suspicion, they’ll just wish you a “Lovely day for it!”, and go about their day. Do as the Wellies do, and you should be fine. However, if you act like a naughty Downer and, say, break into a house in front of them, they’ll desperately want to make sure you take your Joy, with extreme violence if necessary, and all their friends will help them. Ha ha ha, what fun!

This isn’t stealth - this is hiding in plain sight. We Happy Few is a game about blending in, while you look for a way to escape.

Once they start coming after you, you’re going to have to fight, run, or hide. Combat isn’t easy - you’re not a superhero who can reload a saved game, you’re just a normal person trying to survive in a crazy world. Alternatively, you could craft an escape mechanism or take Joy to blend in… but every option comes with some sort of disadvantage. And usually, because you have one life, you’ll want to be very, very careful about what you’re doing.

If you die, or win, you’ll start a new game, in a brand new Wellington Wells. The world will change, so only through understanding the systems inside the game and how they work will you be able to win. Winning the game requires getting good at stealth, conformity or combat (hopefully all three), while learning what you can and can’t get away with.

In We Happy Few, you play as a Downer - someone off their happy pills. We have three Downers for you to unlock and play:

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The playable characters are not typical video game heroes - they are flawed and not particularly heroic, warped by the trauma their world has been through. They are haunted by terrible things they’ve done in the past, and they each have something they urgently need to accomplish.
Each one has a story to play through. Their stories all interweave, so by playing one character, you can unlock new ones. And, each character has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, which change how you play the game.

We Happy Few stories are definitely Not Appropriate For Children, unless your children are already reading Neil Gaiman novels, in which case, good on you. But don’t worry, it’s not all frowns and sadness! It’s also laced with dark humour, hope, and even a spot of redemption.

There is also a bunch of special NPC types, who’ll make your life a tad more difficult:

  • Think you’re tough? Try fighting a Bobby.
  • Think you’re sneaky? There’s a kindly, Nosey Old Lady who is always sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.
  • Think you’ll pretend you’re on Joy? The Doctor can practically sniff you out.

Depending on how you like to play, some of these will be more dangerous than others.

Located in the southwest of England in 1964, Wellington Wells is a city haunted by the ghosts of its recent past. In 1933, this world deviated from our own, and the Germans successfully invaded and occupied England during World War 2. Most of England is rubble, as is a fair part of Wellington Wells.

However, during the Occupation, the Wellies all had to do A Very Bad Thing. To calm their anguish and guilt - and forget what they’d done - the Wellies invented Joy, the miracle happiness drug, that obviously has no side effects whatsoever.

We Happy Few certainly looks like it could be one great title, and hopefully the campaign gets funded in time. You can check out the Kickstarter page and show your support, We will bring you any new information as soon as it becomes available.