This stunningly animated collectible game is available for free

The end of summer is getting closer… but we don’t have to think about that! Instead, let’s play this dreamy game where you collect items that wash up on the beach and then use them to build musical instruments.

We’ve got the beach and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s collection of standout clips and screenshots of works in progress. In this section, the Polygon staff scours the internet for the most interesting games still under construction to give you a taste of the coolest upcoming projects.

This week we have an eerie game that will take you to the deepest depths, the cutest game menu you’ve ever seen, grapple boarding and a peaceful game where you can make wind.

Fill this beautiful world with music

Resonance of the Ocean is a beautifully animated game where you pick up objects that wash up on the beach and use them to build instruments. Created by Image Labo and Heaviside Creations, the trailer of the game shows off its beautiful graphics and subdued color palette. If this sounds like the kind of peaceful, relaxing game you want to play, you’re in luck; it is now available for free on Itch.io and Steam in English.

I’m obsessed with this haunted sanctuary of souls

haunted is described by the team as a “lo-fi twin-stick shooter” where you play as a ghost who ventures through eternity. The game’s development seems to be plodding along, as developer Light Return posted a video of a character walking through an area that appears to be a sprawling sanctuary. The game has a cool two-tone look and I’m curious what a laid-back twin stick feels like, so this is definitely on my radar.

The cutest menu I’ve ever seen

I love looking at all the ways developers can squeeze character into their games. This title is called Tipston Salvage, and it is a co-op game where you manage a scrap heap. Everything in the game is co-op, including the menu. The developer posted a clip in which one player switched between menus, while the other selected levels switched between each submenu. It’s a cute concept and I hope to see more in games as developers play with mechanics in creative ways. There is no release date yet, but for more information you can check out the game’s Steam page.

Grappleboarding? Grappleboarding

Some developers just play around with all kinds of gameplay. Here we see a character who uses a combination of a sandboard and a grappling shot to get around. From what we see in the video, grappleboarding looks super smooth and is a fun way to get around. Developer Asarge posts all kinds of digital experiments on Twitter, so you can watch more work there.

A game with a magical and dreamy feeling

Alex Dixon posts a lot of videos of their work. Much of what they share has a serene and dreamy atmosphere. Previous clips show Dixon’s talent for creating calm forest scenes, but it seems that’s not all Dixon has done. This latest clip retains the relaxed feel of their earlier work, but shows a character interacting with the environment by creating a gust of wind. You can see more from Dixon’s work on Twitter.

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