Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Watchlist: Risk of Rain

Title: Risk of Rain
Developer: Hopoo Games
Platforms: PC
Price: $10 to pre-order, $25 for beta access
Releasing Fall 2013

"Risk of Rain is an action platformer with roguelike elements. With permanent death as a primary feature, players will have to play their best to get as far as possible. Fight on a mysterious planet with randomly spawning enemies and bosses. With over 100 items at your disposal, you will find the tools you need to find the teleporter back home. Discover a myriad of randomly chosen stages, from the desolate forest to the frozen tundra."

Stranded on an alien world, your only goal in Risk of Rain is to escape. Somewhere in each expansive, multi-tiered level is a teleporter that will bring you one step closer to getting away from this dangerous place. But explore with caution; the world is full of hostile enemies and beasts and massive bosses. From giant magma worms to jellyfish-esque flying creatures that try to ram and fire bursts of energy to hordes of mechs, every second you take is another chance to die.
You have a choice of several classes, from the agile gun-wielding commando to the melee-focued miner, each with their own abilities. Balancing their limited skills, utilizing the different picks-up and stat boosting gears you find, is criticial to your survival. Having playing the demo, I can say without a doubt that Risk of Rain is a challenge. Tight controls allow you to evade enemies and smart tactical use of all your skills and gear is essential. Enemies swarm from all angles and more often than not, you're on the defensive.

Risk of Rain was recently Greenlit and is set for a Fall 2013 release. You can download the demo here or preorder the game, as well as gain access to the beta here.

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