The second episode of a short series on games I discovered at WASD x IGN 2023.
I’ve not played Dungeon of the ENDLESS so I wasn’t familiar with its peculiar hybrid of roguelite and tower defence – so in comes ENDLESS Dungeon to teach me. I can’t tell you what it has over its precursor, except that the pixel art is out. Carefully explore room by room, upgrade your hardware and escort your crystal drone to the next zone once you find the exit. It’s as easy as that – if you can survive the endless hordes.
ENDLESS™ Dungeon is scheduled for release next month on Windows, Xbox, Switch and Playstation.
Look, I’m not quite sure what this is. Opening with a quote from Karl Marx about how capital steals time from labour, satirical Time Bandit converts this into a literal scenario, where your employer is stealing your time. And perhaps it’s time to steal it back.
So it’s part work sim but also I saw some Sokoban. That’s Sokoban where moving one block will take half an hour and cost you fuel. And I mean half an hour in real time. Also, if you arrange to meet someone in-game tomorrow at 10am, they mean LITERALLY TOMORROW AT 10AM.
The first part of Time Bandit was released in July for Windows and Mac.
Esoteric Ebb is a CRPG that calls itself a “Disco-like”. And it opens like Planescape: Torment: on a stone slab. You might have questions for the game like “was I dead?” or “who blew up the tea shop?” but you’ll spend a lot of time listening to your stats arguing. All your stats think you should keep your helmet on – except for your Charisma. So I might have referenced Planescape but I also felt the influence of The Princess Bride and Inside Out.
Delightful dialogue that doesn’t quite work out the way you expect. It made me smile a lot. But I never found out who blew up the tea shop.
Esoteric Ebb is not currently scheduled for release – but the first draft playtest is currently available on itch. Windows only.