August 25, 2014 8:30 AM | Lena LeRay
This week's trailer roundup features a multiplayer dungeon crawler in which players play both monsters and hero, a digital dungeon crawling board game, a Japanese RPG (from Japan) with a very non-standard battle system, a match-3 game that appears to be a survival sandbox game, a midieval themed shoot 'em up, an action RPG focused on storytelling through exploration, an arcade-ish runner-ish game which tests player reflexes, and a visual novel/dating sim headed by a female character leading an army during wartime.
A local multiplayer dungeon crawler in which all but one person plays the monsters trying to kill the hero. Killing the hero makes you the hero, so players are constantly competing to be the person to take the hero up against the procedurally generated dungeon's boss. Developer Powerhoof is interested in adding online multiplayer capabilities.
Windows | $ TBA | Winter 2014 (Steam early access)
This one is a digital multiplayer dungeon crawling board game that takes inspiration from Monopoly, Diablo, and Hearthstone. A Kickstarter is planned for September and launch on Steam early access is to follow soon after. Although Dicetiny will begin as a Windows-only release, the developer intends to expand to Mac and Linux in the future.
Helen doesn't know much about her past. Stuck on an island with a mysterious, labyrinthine castle, she decides to start exploring it. This is a JRPG with a non-standard, not-exactly-turn-based battle system. Helen is the only party member. She picks up various weapons along the way, each with its own offensive stats, defensive stats, and battle time cost. Using a weapon takes a certain amount of battle time, during which the enemy also attacks and at the end of which battle pauses to allow the player to choose the next weapon to use, allowing for changing strategies on the fly. This trailer is in Japanese, but the game is available in English.
Not much detail is available for Gridland, but it appears to be a match-3 survival sandbox game. How much control the player will have over what is built remains to be seen, but the game is supposed to be available today. In the meantime, consider checking out Doublespeak's first game, A Dark Room.
This Kickstarter project has 6 days to go and is almost funded. From the developer: "Gryphon Knight Epic is a 2D Medieval Shoot'em up currently in development for Windows, Mac & Linux. Mixing elements from classical shoot'em ups, exploration and duel-like boss battles, it tells the story of Sir Oliver and Áquila, an accomplished knight and his loyal gryphon that are forced back to adventure once again... during his quest he will face adversaries he never imagined he would, because... in reality all of them were once friends. What happened? These heroes would never go rogue... and all at once? Something is rotten in the kingdom and its up to Oliver discover what."
In Exilium is an action RPG which focuses on storytelling through exploration and discovery. The combat, character upgrade mechanisms, and random loot will be familiar to anyone who's played anything along the lines of Diablo or Torchlight, but the player character is a king who finds himself exiled to a strange land empty of any other characters. There are no quests in the game, and the only way to find out how and why the king was sent to this strange land is to explore and find clues.
Is this an arcade game? A runner? It doesn't fit into genres very well. Direct a speeding light along branching paths, picking up fuel that can be used to slow time and avoiding running into your own trail or into dead ends. There's an adventure mode and an endless mode, and no matter what mode you're playing in the game's soundtrack dynamically changes to match your performance. Trace Vector is currently on sale for 15% off on Steam and will be for approximately 24 hours after this post is published.
A visual novel/dating sim set during a war. The main character is a girl who was raised as a boy to protect her from political enemies. After joining the military to try and find her older brother, a series of events makes her the de-facto commander of a mad king's army. Player choices will affect not just relationships with other characters, but the course of the war and who lives or dies. This Kickstarter project has already met its funding goal and entered stretch goal territory.