The Drop is a roguelike, and the sequel to The Reconstruction. It is cute and funny and wonderful and you should absolutely go play it, even if you disliked The Reconstruction.
This was a super adorable roguelike/platformer combo that’s a great timekilling game. It has wonderful art. I wish there were stuffed animals of the people, they’re so damned cute. Its biggest sin is that it can feel reptitive, but I had a blast playing it in short spurts.
Inside: Sproggiwood, Plantera, Talewind, Spirits, Shelter
It’s like Christmas in July! Here are thoughts on some of the games from 2016’s Christmas Steam sale.
Inside: To the Moon, Helen’s Mysterious Castle, LiEat, Betrayer, Sunless Sea.
“It’s… a traditional roguelike,” was Roarke’s summation of this game. “It’s pretty fun. I’m not sure I’d rec it, though.”
‘Mildly fun grindfest with no requirement for emotional investment’ was actually what I was looking for because I’m so tired of like, life and stuff, so oddly enough if he’d been like “I FUCKING LOVE IT” I probably wouldn’t have bought it. As it was, it was indeed a very traditional roguelike that was a mildly fun grindfest that I would not recommend and also exactly what I wanted out of a game at the moment, so score one for human communication.
Spoilers inside, though calling anything ‘spoilers’ in relation to this story is a bit rich.
Bonfire is a tactical roguelike RPG. I greatly enjoyed the original alpha, though unfortunately, I have to say I’m finding the new demo less fun so far. In The alpha, there were no lasting consequences for failing a quest, but now, you’re severely punished with the loss of extremely scarce long-term resources for letting even a single character get defeated. This exacerbates the problem the alpha already had of locking you into very repetitive defensive strategies if you want to survive.
I do like the other changes, however. The alpha felt like a tech demo, but this feels like a full RPG, and some of the new mechanics address my other big criticisms of the original. Hopefully the rough edges can be sanded off by the time of the full release.
Inside: SteamWorld Heist, Kynseed, AER