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Difficulty is often the benchmark that is hardest to nail for any roguelike game. You want it to be difficult enough that you won’t just coast through it on the first go, but not so hard that it feels like you’re banging against a brick wall. Nailing this balance like a pro, and looking great while doing it, Loot Rascals is a fantastic new roguelike from the minds of the folks over at Hollow Ponds.
Starting from the beginning in any roguelike game can make it hard to feel like any real progress is being made. Most of these end up filling that gap by either having a set of permanent unlockables or relying on the player to get better at the game. What surprised me about Heart&Slash was that they actually snuck a persistent story in there as well. Tight and fast-paced combat, an excellent score and pleasing visuals lead this game to being a surprisingly good roguelike brawling experience.
Roguelike games had a big boom after the success of titles like Rogue Legacy and Spelunky, which led to quite a few duds. I was almost ready to give up on seeing another fresh spin on the concept, until I stepped up to play Loot Rascals this year at E3. Offering a fun and addicting take on procedurally-generated areas and turn-based combat, this was probably one of the best indie titles I played at the show. It had a colorful, vibrant and silly art-style and I just couldn’t help but finish the entire demo.
Dungeon-crawling card game is, funnily enough, a phrase I’ve heard before to describe a video game. The differences that The Guild of Dungeoneering brings to the table involve adding rogue-lite mechanics and an immense amount of charm to the mix. While occasionally the random chance feels a bit unfair, the fun design had me questing with my Dungeoneers for hours on end.
With the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road, being such a hit, the car-filled desert apocalypse has been very much in vogue of late. The Rogue-like genre has also seen quite a bit of a boom recently. If both of these things appeal to you, then Sunshine Games has some very good news for you in the form of their new game: Skyshine’s Bedlam.