No Man's Sky (PC)
Action 12 August 2016
A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.
Terraria: Otherworld (PC)
Terraria: Otherworld is the second part of the popular sandbox platform game, developed by Andrew Spinks and his independent studio Re-Logic. In the game, referred to as “two dimensional Minecraft”, we are given the ability to shape a randomly generated world without restrictions and to create a number of useful tools, utility objects and structures via its crafting system. Terraria 2 has a similar, old-school layout and similar mechanics as the original, but the game features also a huge number of changes and innovations that were not implemented by the author in the first installment of the series. First of all, players were given an infinite number of worlds at their disposal, each representing a different biome, e.g. woodland, arctic, desert, or lunar. Furthermore, character development system, object finding and creation, as well as the interface of the game, were modified. The game traditionally focuses on cooperation of many players, what allows them to collectively raise buildings or fight encountered monsters.
Don't Starve (PC)
Action 23 April 2013
A humorous action-adventure game with strategy and cRPG features. The game was developed by Klei Entertainment, the creators of Shank and Mark of the Ninja. The main protagonist of Don’t Starve is Wilson, a Victorian gentleman scientist. The insidious demon Maxwell sends Wilson to the wild where he must use all of his knowledge and intelligence to survive among dangerous beasts. The player is tasked with helping the protagonist in his fight against the nature and the monsters – he must build a place to hide, obtain food, start a fire, produce tools etc. As the game progresses, one can unlock new playable characters, each with unique abilities. The game has unusual 2D graphics with cartoonish style and music that is pleasant to the ear.
Don't Starve Together (PC)
Action 21 April 2016
A standalone expansion for the 2013’s well-received survival sandbox game, Don’t Starve. The main goal of the add-on is to transfer the core premise of the original title into cooperative multiplayer gameplay. In the game, we still explore the world, gather food, build a shelter, fight various enemies, and take care of the protagonist’s physical and mental health. The primary novelty is the possibility of interacting with other players who can turn out to be either precious friends or deadly foes. Don’t Starve Together allows us to play both with our friends and with complete strangers. Another appeal of the expansion is the fact that it comes with the previously released DLC, Reign of Giants, which expands the original title with new bioms, enemies, and a full year cycle. The production can be obtained free of charge by all owners of the vanilla game.
Action 22 July 2016
An exploration game that eludes standard genre classification, developed by independent studio Chucklefish. Starbound combines elements of a 2D sandbox platformer and a strategy game. As you play, you explore and colonize other planets, provide for their inhabitants, construct useful items and vehicles, as well as fight hostile aliens. The game is set in a procedurally generated world,providing a great amount of freedom to the players. In addition to the single player mode, Starbound offers the ability to play with other people (via Intertnet) in competitive or cooperative modes. The game's retro graphics is characterized by a limited color palette and pixel-art stylistics.
Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (PC)
RPG 30 April 2017
The first expansion for the 2016 dungeon crawler RPG Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios. The add-on utilizes the gameplay mechanics from the core game — you complete a team of heroes and set out to explore the eponymous Darkest Dungeon. Your goal is to find enormous riches, with which you can expand a shabby hamlet, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the characters of The Crimson Court suffer from typical human ailments — some of them may go berserk, while others may panic when surrounded by darkness. The game places a strong focus on blood, which is a theme connecting the items you find and your enemies. The expansion also marks the first appearance of vampires, creatures with a unique set of characteristics and abilities.
Action 12 July 2016
A third-person action game featuring roguelike elements. After the Shadowgrounds series, it is the second major game developed by Harebrained Schemes, an independent American studio. Necropolis is set in a vast, magical, procedurally generated dungeon complex that constantly changes its shape. We play as a daredevil who vows to discover the secrets of the place and defeat the sorcerer who rules the complex and the intelligence he created, which feeds on the souls of those unfortunate enough to fall in its clutches. When it comes to the gameplay, it is an action game at its core; with a demanding combat system requiring good timing and identification of the enemy's weaknesses. We can increase our chances by the use of magical potions brewed from the ingredients we find in the dungeon. We can also take advantage of mystical spell books and runes. The game does not lack humor and features an original graphical design with relatively simple 3D models of characters and objects.
Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! (PC)
Adventure 14 February 2017
Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! is an indie game developed by Daylight Studios, creators of Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!, that combines the elements of strategy, adventure, and rougelike games. The game protagonists are Casie and Fay. THe girls travel through space to find their grandfather Jiji, who was kidnaped by an evil Eclipse federation. Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! is full of peculiar sense of humour, which can be seen in the dialogues, world building, and the game's overal stylistics. Universe in Holy Potatoes! is procedurally generated and inhabited by numerous vegetable-like creatures. We will visit numerous different planets that can provide us with useful resources. Those can be used to upgrade our ship and weapons, useful against the encountered enemies. Combats are turn-based and our victory depends on our tactics and on how powerful our weapons are. We also manage our ship and crew.
RPG 11 April 2017
A roguelike hack'n'slash game featuring pixel-art visuals. Crawl was designed specifically for local multiplayer and developed by the debuting team at Powerhoof. In the game, heroes exploring dungeons encounter monsters defending the place against undesired visitors. Up to four players can meet in a session - one of them assumes the role of the hero traversing dungeons filled with threats. The remaining players control various monsters, whose task is to prepare traps and obstacles in order to make it more difficult for the hero to achieve their goal. In terms of mechanics, the game resembles classic roguelike RPGs, in which the player gathers parts of equipment scattered throughout dungeons and levels up gradually, improving their skills. When the hero dies, the players swap their roles, but interestingly, the new hero keeps both the items and experience gathered by the player who was previously in control of that character. Once the hero has reached level 10, they go through a mysterious portal and the final boss fight begins.
We Happy Few (PC)
Adventure June 2017
An unordinary action-adventure game which uses the style and tune of the 60s. The title was created by an independent studio Compulsion Games known for creating Contrast, a title that used similar style. In the game, the player travels to a fictional town in which, due to indoctrination and a wonderful drug, the citizens are constantly happy and all traits of dissatisfaction are immediately eliminated. The protagonist is one of the defiant citizens who are resistant to the system. In order to survive in the surrounding world, he must observe it thoroughly and understand its rules. The action is shown from first-person perspective and the gameplay is focused on exploration, and gathering various items and using them. While doing it, players must behave according to the social norms so that other citizens don’t become suspicious. The world of the game was characteristically exaggerated, but the game tells about many very important topics.
Has-Been Heroes (PC)
RPG Tuesday, 28 March 2017
A rougelike side-scroller developed by Frozenbyte. The players assume control over a ragtag group of heroes a little over their prime. The team receives a final task – escorting two princesses to a special academy. Unfortunately, the mission won’t be easy, as there will be numerous dangers lurking along the way. We begin the game with choosing three characters from an available pool of twelve different heroes. The game sees the trio defend the princesses against continuous waves of varied opponents that force us to switch tactics according to the situation at hand. Each hero carries unique equipment, as well as his own set of spells – in all, we can make use of over 300 spells and 200 items. Our mission will see the players travel through 14 different environments. The clashes are randomly generated, making each playthrough different and challenging. Interestingly enough, loosing (either through death or the capture of princesses) means having to start over from scratch. Has-Been Heroes is characterized by simple, cartoonish art-style.
Loot Rascals (PC)
RPG 07 March 2017
A science-fiction RPG belonging to the roguelike subgenre; it is the debut project of Hollow Ponds - a studio founded by the creators of Hohokum. In Loot Rascals, the player assumes the role of an astronaut whose ship crashes on an unknown, hostile planet. The game's randomly generated world is made up of hexes, most of which remain hidden at the beginning. The player often encounters aggressive monsters that are fought in real time. Interestingly, the enemies defeated leave cards for the player to pick up - those represent different skills. Since the player has a limited number of slots for such cards in their equipment, it is important to select them carefully. When the player dies, they lose a number of their cards, but what is another interesting feature, those are picked up by the creature that defeated the player - the monster later on makes an appearance in another player's adventures. If that player manages to slay the monster, they can return the card to its previous owner or simply keep it. In case of the latter option however, the player has to remember that someone can be after them.
The Binding of Isaac (PC)
Arcade 28 September 2011
Created by the independent developer Team Meat, who also created Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac is a roguelike action shooter with RPG elements. In game, the player becomes Isaac and travels through successive randomly generated dungeons, similar to the ones in the first installments of The Legend of Zelda series. Each level is filled with scores of enemies, demanding boss fights, and classical puzzles. To solve the latter, the player needs to gather items such as coins, bombs, keys, or special cards. The game features an unique character progression system, instead of the experience gained strength of the character depends on special weapon upgrades or magic artifacts, which can be bought in shops or found in special chests and hidden rooms. Thanks to the ability to combine pieces equipment, as the story progress the main character becomes more powerful. The cartoonish visuals of the game are a call back to the simple action games from the 8-bit era.
Enter the Gungeon (PC)
Arcade 05 April 2016
A unique mix of a classic dungeon crawler and a dynamic, two-dimensional shooter from the debuting American studio, Dodge Roll. We play as a hero seeking for the legendary weapon that can change the past of a distant planet. To achieve his goal, he must explore the eponymous ancient temple where many dangers and surprises await him. Featuring a top-down view, the game tasks us with exploration of randomly generated levels of the temple. We come across numerous enemies and bosses, as well various shops and friendly characters that will help us in our journey. The game’s combat system is based on classic twin-stick shooters, allowing us to use environmental objects as weapons in addition to an already vast selection of guns and gadgets.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PC)
Arcade 04 November 2014
An expanded version of a popular indie game that has been released in 2011 by Team Meat studio. Nicalis studio, a bit more experienced team, has been involved in refreshing of the title, in cooperation with original developers. When it comes to mechanics, the gameplay hasn’t changed much, offering randomly-generated levels, traversed by the titular Isaac, who solves simple puzzles and eliminates monsters or much more powerful bosses. The main difference between the Flash-based original, is a completely new graphic engine, introducing new, improved visuals and a number of innovations that, as a result of technological limitations, hadn’t made their way into the original. The developers included the whole base game and its two DLCs, and introduced a number of novelties. A local co-op mode has been incorporated in the game, allowing two players to take part in a joint playthrough on one screen.
RPG 30 April 2017
A fantasy roguelike RPG developed by Digital Sun Games, an independent Spanish studio. The action of Moonlighter takes place in a remote merchant town where the protagonist, Will, runs a store. His ambition is to become a true hero, but to make the dream come true, he has to gather adequate equipment and master a variety of useful abilities first. The production’s mechanics combine elements of a classical roguelike RPG and a trading card game. The gameplay puts emphasis on subsequent night journeys to dungeons where the protagonist faces more or less challenging enemies and gathers a myriad of valuable items and skills that bring him closer to achieving his goal. During the day, however, we have to manage and develop the hero’s store, improve our knowledge of the wares we sell, and make increasingly bigger profits.
Don't Starve: Shipwrecked (PC)
Action 31 March 2016
Another DLC to a best-selling sandbox survival game - Don’t Starve. Unlike the previous two add-ons, this one was developed not by the original creators, but by Capybara Games - the team known for such games as Below or Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery. Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked focuses solely on single player content, drawing inspiration from the cult adventure novels, such as Robinson Crusoe. However, these were enriched with fantasy elements and a unique sense of humor. The expansion introduces new locations, characters, enemies, and weather effects. Additionally, the game lets you use a boat and sail around the sea dotted by numerous islands. In terms of audiovisuals, the add-on is on par with the base game. Although it includes a big chunk of new graphic elements, they match the original style.
March of the Living (PC)
Strategy 20 April 2016
A two-dimensional retro game that combines elements of real-time strategy, roguelike action game and survival. The title was developed by an independent developer known as Machine 22 and the team at Creaky Corpse (authors of the browser MMO game Dead Frontier). March of the Living employs the popular zombie apocalypse theme. In the game, the player assumes the role of one of the survivors who, together with a few other people, are trying to reach a safe haven in which humanity can start rebuilding civilization. The gameplay mechanics of March of the Living are clearly inspired by FTL: Faster Than Light. While traveling through procedurally generated world, the player fights zombie hordes, meets allies and reacts to random events. The game offers a tactical battle system with active pause. In order to survive, one must obtain food, weapons and other needed items, manage his supplies and make hard decisions.
Crypt of the NecroDancer (PC)
RPG 23 April 2015
Work of one-man Canadian studio Brace Yourself Games in form of unique independent production that combines features of seemingly mismatching elements of roguelike RPG and dancing game. Crypt of the NecroDancer lets us play as a girl named Cadence, who sets on journey to find her missing father. It leads her to the mysterious crypt ruled by evil demon known as NecroDancer. It casts unusual curse, making her heart always beat in rhythm of a music. As far as its mechanics go, NecroDancer is and old school action RPG. We explore procedurally generated dungeons and fight various monsters using weapons and magic. What makes the game unique is the fact that enemies move to the rhythm of music, and Cadence must adjust to their dance to defeat them. Each enemy she encounters has his unique style, and discovering correct combination of moves is a key to success.