'Hohokum' builders make a roguelike filled with loot and cute
It has been lower than a yr since Honeyslug, the trio behind video games like Hohokum and Tremendous Exploding Zoo disbanded to pursue solo tasks. At this time, we’re seeing one of many first such efforts, Loot Rascals, a roguelike technique recreation.
Loot Rascals is the primary title from Hole Ponds, a brand new studio based by Nikki and Ricky Haggett, each of who have been on the Hohokum staff, the latter as lead designer. Additionally engaged on the sport are artists Swatpaz, an animator for Journey Time, and Meowza, who labored on Alphabear and Street Not Taken.
Improvement pedigree established, what precisely is Loot Rascals? , The group describes it as a “roguelike technique expertise with collectible card recreation parts and a retro sci-fi aesthetic,” which is a mouthful however pretty straightforward to grasp. Within the recreation, you will be tasked with escaping a planet filled with aliens, robots and monsters, all drawn in a cutesy but mildly unsettling fashion.
You will mount your escape try by exploring your setting, accumulating playing cards and preventing enemies. Every card does one among three issues: supply a particular potential, applies a buff or alter your life, assault or defence stat. You will have restricted area for playing cards in your stock, so you will have to always be making selections on what playing cards to maintain or discard (tossing a card converts it into foreign money which you need to use to replenish well being or activate particular talents).
Your complete recreation is flip-based mostly — shifting your character one sq. takes a flip, and foes transfer one sq. with every flip you’re taking. Should you’re adjoining to an enemy, a flip-based mostly battle begins.
As a result of this can be a roguelike, if you’re lifeless, all progress is misplaced, and also you begin once more. As with many video games within the style, there is a slight twist on the permadeath concept. When an enemy kills you, it retains one among your playing cards. If one other participant then kills that enemy, they will get the choice to maintain the cardboard or return it to you, its rightful proprietor. Relying on which choice they select, a hologram AI of your character will seem within the different participant’s recreation and both assist them or try and kill them.
It is early days for Loot Rascals, and we’re sure to listen to much more concerning the recreation over the approaching months. It is presently scheduled for a launch in early 2017 on PC and PlayStation four.