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Taking on the challenge of creating an old school RPG, Indie developer Event Horizon are developing their first Steam release, Tower of Time, in Early Access. With a blend of well crafted story telling and tactical, real time combat this is a game that promises a beautiful experience with something for those players who love the older style of RPG as well as players who may be more used to newer methods of tackling combat and general gameplay. Despite it’s currently rough edges, Tower of Time feels quite different to more recent releases in it’s genre and offers something special.
Dig or Die has been in Early Access for some time. However, developer Gaddy Games have produced a game that contains crafting, tower defence and horde mode elements, combining them together to create an engaging experience with an intriguing progression system and the option to experience the game in multiplayer. An enjoyable title under a reasonable price tag that certainly shows promise as it continues to move through development.
This Early Access title is the first Commercial Indie project by the developer Matt Dabrowski. An ambitious creation that aims to essentially give the player free reign in how they can tackle any situation or mission while also providing a randomly generated set of levels upon each run through, Streets of Rogue attempts and achieves things that others possibly haven’t even thought to try.
Rokh is an early access, base building and survival game developed by Nvizzio Creations and Darewise Entertainment. Taking place on the surface of Mars Rokh challenges the player to create bases, survive the rigours of the Martian surface and to discover what happened to the previous colonisation attempt.
This early access title from Onevision Games is an extremely atmospheric, philosophical experience. You find yourself in a mysterious land with no memory or explanation of why you
are there. As you begin your journey you encounter various items in the world that start to provide you with a vague understanding of your purpose and the journey you have ahead of you. There is no clearly defined direction for you to take as you wander through the fantastical architecture of Essence, with the game providing you with a linear path surrounded by nooks and crannies that allow for some exploration and deviation from the general direction you find your self being drawn towards.
Indie studio Betelgeuse Zero have created a potentially interesting 2D title in their game Orange Moon. A relatively basic premise that presents the player with a story set on a distant planet. You are tasked with exploring a strange, dark world while information is gradually fed to you by a mysterious character who appears to be the leader of whichever organisation sent you there. The world you find yourself traversing is littered with harmful plants, strange dangerous orbs and unfriendly machinery. As you manage your ammo, health and fuel while dodging these various dangers you must undertake tasks for the organisation. Orange Moon is certainly a decent concept, if a little basic, but in it’s current stage of Early Access there are a few things holding the game back.
This early access title from Indie developer oddByte is their first foray into the gaming industry as a studio. Rogues Like Us is a perfectly good entry into the rogue-lite genre pool. An admirable first offering that doesn’t strike outside the young studios experience and as a result creates a competently put together experience that although lacking in innovation or anything particularly new or original, provides the player with an enjoyable experience that can easily be dipped in and out of with minimal stress. Rogues Like Us does feel like a finished game that perhaps merely needs additional tweaks.
Hakjak Productions have essentially created a gory death simulator with their game, Guts and Glory. This Early Access effort has a long way to go if it wants to become something other than a mildly amusing joke, but there’s some promise to this game in the form of challenge, even if that challenge is currently little more than something that is purely there to be silly and provide entertainment in the form of constant ragdolling and flying body parts.
This early access effort from Signal Studios currently holds potential and like many early access products, lacks content. There’s plenty to hope for with the continued development of Savage Lands and the current state of the game offers some exploration and a fairly well fleshed out world with regards to lore for the player to take part in. The current content within the world is limited and offers chunks of game time for those interested in following the development. For those who want to sink hours of time into a survival game however, definitely wait for Savage Lands to move further along in it’s development as the content is currently bare bones.