[Games Around the Corner] Week 33, 2021 - Hollywood Voices in Indie Thriller
This week's GATC features a couple of interesting titles with one providing a vertical rogue-like deck-building on a train to hell and another offering 2D hand-drawn animations. Perhaps, the most appealing one of them all is the indie thriller, Twelve Minutes featuring Hollywood actors as its voice cast.
Greak: Memories of Azur
Greak: Memories of Azur is a side-scrolling single-player game with hand-drawn animations by Navegante Entertainment. Set in the lands of Azur, players can navigate between the roles of three brothers: Greak, Adara, and Raydel, and access to each sibling's unique abilities to escape from the invasion of Urlag. The youngest, Greak is swift and agile with the ability to fit in small narrow spaces. Adara can levitate, dive, and perform arcane magic to launch ranged attacks. Lastly, big brother Raydel excels at both attack and defense with his sword and shield.
Greak: Memories of Azur will be released on 17 August on PS4, PS5, Switch, and Xbox X/S Series. It will be available on Steam on 18 August.
Featuring a star-studded voice cast of James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe, Twelve Minutes is a real-time top-down interactive thriller with an accessible click and drag interface. Over a course of 12 minutes, a romantic night for a couple turns into a nightmare when a police detective (voiced by Dafoe) breaks into their house accusing the wife (voiced by Riley) of murder and beats the husband to death. Players will assume the role of the husband (voiced by McAvoy) who finds himself stuck in the twelve-minute time loop of terror. Players must interact with objects in the house to plan what they can do in advance of the repeating incident to escape reliving the loop.
Twelve Minutes will debut on 19 August on Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S Series.
Described as the best deck builder since Slay The Spire, Monster Train is a rogue-like deck-building game set on a train to hell. Players can choose a primary and a supporting clan from five clans, and gain access to cards from both clans with different gameplay. There will also be a multiplayer mode Hell Rush for eight players to compete in a real-time contest.
"Monster Train adds an extra strategic element to roguelike deck-builders with three vertical playfields that must be defended at a time. Enemies will move up each turn if not defeated, and when they reach the top floor, they will damage your Pyre. Choose wisely on which floor to place your forces," reads the game description.
Monster Train was first released on Steam last year and was nominated in the category of Best Strategy/Tactics Games in the Game Awards 2020. It will make its Switch debut on 19 August.