Space loot is the best loot
Sometimes you need more than a hydro-spanner to fix a problem in space. Like when you’re on a simple repair mission for a space holiday camp but instead crashland in hostile enemy territory. Loot Rascals, a new roguelike from Hollow Ponds Games, plans to put you in this exact situation.
Each level in Loot Rascals is procedurally generated and typically spans a wide area. As the player progresses to further stages, the layouts change with additional traps, creatures, and other dangers too. The development team has promised five different styles for levels to add to the depth in each playthrough.
The aesthetic hints at Hollow Ponds’ ties to previous work on Adventure Time with its bright settings and colorful characters. Your AI guide has a delightful voiceover and the background music and sounds accentuate the title’s quirky nature.
Each level is chock-full of baddies and obstacles and, as with every roguelike, they move only when you do. And while some may move more spaces at a time than you do, it still offers players the chance to plan out a strategy for taking on the planet’s denizens. Closely linked to the movement and combat is the day-night cycle. Not only does this bolster the illusion of time passing on the planet, it also affects enemies. Depending on the type, enemies will be weaker or stronger at night, or might take their turn first in battle for one time or another.
Player and enemy stats are simple, boiling down to attack and defense. Players can bolster their own stats by picking up cards to fill into up to ten slots in their inventories. Min-maxers will be pleased to know that some cards give extra bonuses if they’re arranged in a certain way as well.
If the player dies (and let’s face it, this always happens), the enemy that takes them out will actually steal their gear and then transport themselves out into the nethers of the internet. Other Loot Rascals players have a chance of encountering these monsters and reclaiming the lost items. After they have avenged you, the players can decide to either keep your item or send it back to you in good faith. If they pilfer your hard-earned gear, a hologram of your player will enter their world and try to take them out. On the other side, if they choose to be magnanimous, your hologram will seek them out to aid them instead!
Loot Rascals is being developed by Hollow Ponds Games and is scheduled for a March 7 release for PC and PS4.