We begin top 5 games 2017 with cartoonist third person shooter, Renegade Line.
5. Renegade Line
Each have unique abilities, which can be tweaked as you level up. Hopefully, this’ll give the game variety,making opponents and teammates different each fight, and proving deeper pre-game tactics and team combinations.
The other feature we really liked is the radio that will broadcast discussion and news about Renegade Line whilst you’re out of battle.
Unfortunately, Renegade Line’s Kickstarter throws around a lot of ideas without adequate elaboration.
For instance, it is put in bold text that you must choose between one of two factions, but there is no explanation as to how they are at all meaningful.
Another culprit is the promise and listing of many game modes, without detail on what the main mode is or how they’ll differ from other team-based shooters.
This has left us concerned that a lot of the games ideas haven’t been well planned or tested just yet.
With a young team who’ve to this point worked for free, we’re rooting for it and their success.
And from the game’s art and character customization,we can tell that the developers are certainly talented and capable.
With its campaign funded and finished, Renegade Line’s alpha will launch next month.
4. Pixel Princess: Blitz
A lot of this can be contributed to how it borrows from various genres. The over world is set up as a hex-grid, and movement is done in turns, giving Pixel Princess a tabletop feel.
Encounters on the map are brought to life via real-time combat in randomised dungeons, much like the arena battles in virtual card game Hand of Fate.
Then there’s also roguelike permadeath,and survival and resource management to contend with on the map.
Beyond all of that, Pixel Princess gains distinction from its commitment to role playing, and character relationships. You pick your back story every play through,and meet other characters who roam the world, playing by the same rules as you.
These NPCs can be a source of quests or even romantic relationships.
There’s also multiple endings. We like how the game seemingly offers so much ,so that you can choose what part of the game you want to focus on.
If all goes well, expect to see Pixel Princess:Blitz hit early access next March.
3. Ayo The Clown
If you were making a cute and cuddly platformer, clown would probably be one of your last choices for protagonist. After last year’s creepy clown sightings, clowns don’t exactly inspire cute or cheery thoughts.
That hasn’t stopped the development of Ayo the Clown though.
With its bubbly music, blobby art and bright colours, it’s powdered up enough to hide any scary clown thoughts and appear cheery and chirpy.
Super Mario is a noted inspiration, and you can see that Ayo’s gait and floaty jump are reminiscent of the world’s most famous plumber.
Toy-like tanks and helicopters spice up the platforming, Ayo’s look can be customised in a fashion similar to Battle Block Theatre, and there is an adorable cast of quirky characters. Ayo the Clown is shaping up as a delightful all-ages platformer.
There’s a free pre-alpha demo to try right now, and the full game should be out by the end of the year.
2. Robo Puzzle Smash
On the side of the battlefield, you drop blocks into a grid like you would in Tetris or Bejewelled.
Matching coloured blocks will not only clear up your grid, but send attacks towards your opponent.
The more blocks you match up, the greater the damage. Twisting up the formula, you can rotate your grid 90 degrees either way to set up greater combos.
When you consider you’re not just competing against a clock, but another human being, you can imagine the need for quick thinking,and how intense the game can get.
This is what has eventuated at conventions across the U.S., where Robo Puzzle Smash has consistently been a crowd pleaser.
Away from the competitive atmosphere of local play, we’re not sure how much of an appeal the game will have. There will be a single-player story mode,but it has become somewhat of an archaic and irrelevant feature of fighting games for awhile now.
Still, Robo Puzzle Smash looks like an absorbing and innovative fighting game.
Where there was once order, there is now chaos,as different races fight for power in an uncertain world.
In UnDungeon, you play as one of seven heralds,one for each alien race, with the goal of uniting this chaos and learning the natureof this devastating shift.
The seven heralds make up a brilliantly weird and original cast of heroes, that includes a brain-popping Zen baby, the hunchback cousin of the grim reaper, and a floating golden statue.
Each carries the core, which is the secret to understanding the shift.
It also provides immortality. When the heralds die, they come back to life with the surrounding world rearranged. We think that’s a clever way to tie perma death system into the game’s story. Especially due to UnDungeon being a narrative driven game.
The pixel art in UnDungeon is stunning, and when you look at it in combination with the fast-paced combat, give us heavy Hyper Light Drifter vibes. It world may be perilous, but we think UnDungeon has a bright future.
With 4 weeks to go in its campaign, it should get the extra 20,000 Euros it needs to fund, and if so, we’ll see the final game in a year from now.
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