[Games Around the Corner] Week 24, 2021 – Indie Week
Last week was a pretty packed week for gaming, thanks to titles like Chivalry 2, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Guilty Gear Strive, and Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. There were also the PC ports for No More Heroes 1/2 and Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection. In comparison, things are are a lot more quiet this week, although there are some interesting indie titles to check out.
Set in the Faeria universe, Roguebook is a roguelike card game featuring the involvement of Richard Garfield. The setup sees you trapped in something called the Roguebook, formerly the Book of Lore of Faeria. To get out, you have to pick two heroes and deal with the book, which is described as containing all of the world’s legends and which developed a “wicked” free will after coming in contact with a well and its magic.
Each hero has over 50 cards, a relic, and a skill tree. There over 200 upgradable cards in the game, while 80 relics can be collected. Aside from deck-building, the gameplay involves queuing up actions, switching hero placements, and combining the pair’s respective advantages for combos.
Roguebook will also have procedurally generated maps, over 40 bosses and enemies, various encounters, an ink system to reveal the book’s hexagonal tile-based pages, and 20 difficulty levels. The game will apparently take an average of 20 hours to beat, while unlocking everything will require “hundreds of hours”.
Roguebook will be released on June 17 for Steam, and later on for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch.
Mirlo: Above the Sun
Made by 4th Year students at DigiPen Bilbao, Mirlo: Above the Sun is an Unreal Engine 4 action game with hack and slash combat and platforming elements. As Mirlo, players will have to battle the totalitarian Solarean civilization and free the forest Beasts that the Solareans are capturing in order to extract energy from them. “Use Mirlo’s attack to push and defeat enemies, jump to avoid hazards, and save all the Beasts,” describes the game’s Steam page. Mirlo: Above the Sun will be released on Steam on June 17.
Red Solstice 2: Survivors
The sequel to 2015’s The Red Solstice, Red Solstice 2: Survivors is a top-down action game where players battle mutants and try to find a cure to a virus. Players can partake in more than 15 main missions and more than 20 side missions, with mission types include exploration, stealth and survival.
There are six classes, such as Assault, Demolition, and Marksman, and players can perform research to receive tech upgrades as well. Resource management during missions is cited as one of the game’s features, and there will also be deployable elements like artillery, dropships, and tactical nukes.
Red Solstice 2: Survivors will be released on Steam on June 17.