Based in Salzburg, Austria
January 24th 2023
"WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests" is a short adventure that takes you into a charming world full of little details. Ernest Hemingwhale is the last remaining person living inside of Fin, the mechanical whale. When one day slimy Squiddies show up and start making a mess, Fin asks for help! Ernest sets out on an adventurous journey through the whale, trying to help his friend get rid of those unexpected guests! As Ernest, the player can use Gloves to push and pull all kinds of objects and elements within your proximity. Pearls - Mr. Push and Mrs. Pull - can be used to manipulate objects from a distance. "WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests" is designed fully around pushing and pulling, everything you do in the game builds upon this mechanic. Explore colorful locations, meet loveable characters and discover intriguing secrets on your journey through the insides of Fin the whale!
WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests is the debut title of Forbidden Folds, a small studio based in Austria, creating focused interactive experiences.
- explore a colorful, mechanical whale
- use magnet like powers to manipulate your surroundings
- meet a cast of whacky characters
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Awards & Recognition
- "Winner of the Ubisoft Newcomer Award 2020, as part of the German Developer Awards 2020." 2020
- "Winner of the Subotron Student Live Pitch 2019" 2019
- "Reboot Develop Blue 2022 Indie Award Nominee - Category "Outstanding Gameplay"" 2022
About Forbidden Folds
Forbidden Folds is a game development studio based in Salzburg, Austria. Founded in 2021, the studio creates focused interactive experiences, pushing simple ideas to their extreme without overstaying their welcome. Forbidden Folds aims to create games that value your time and are set in engaging and immediately recognizable worlds, staying in your head and heart even after you stop playing. So far, the studio's efforts have been awarded the Ubisoft Newcomer Award 2020 and an Epic MegaGrant, both for their debut project “WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests”.
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WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests Credits
Developed by Forbidden Folds
Herwig Atzlinger, Martin Birner, Andreas Lang, Jakob Vogel, Ralf Zobl
Music and Sound
David Lins, Markus Hofer
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