… And I just realised that turn-based roguelikes are basically digital board games. That’s my OMG EPIPHANY for today, or at least until I fall asleep at my desk again, and wake up shrieking about secret illuminati chocolate goblins. Nobody expects the secret illuminati chocolate goblins. I know I didn’t.
And now, Jupiter Hell. It’s a “turn-based sci-fi roguelike with modern 3D graphics”, from Polish indie developer ChaosForge, also the guys responsible for DoomRL – a Doom roguelike, so you already know what’s what – and it’s out now on Kickstarter, so you can pledge your immortal soul (and hard cash) to make it happen for real.
“Jupiter Hell is a tactical roguelike game in a 90’s [sic] flavored sci-fi universe. Set on the moons of Jupiter, the game pits a lone space marine against overwhelming demonic forces. Rip and tear undead, demons and unmentionable monstrosities, using classic weaponry including shotguns, chainguns, railguns and the trusty chainsaw. All to the shine of CRT monitors and the tune of heavy metal!” reads the campaign blurb.
“Dive deep into a true form of the 30 year old roguelike game genre that has resurged in popularity. Experience turn-based, grid-based permadeath and fully procedural levels, all in glorious 3D visuals. Get ready for the spiritual successor to DoomRL, the parody roguelike that years ago streamlined the traditional format and popularised a new wave of accessible roguelikes. Distilled, hardcore gameplay, fast-paced challenge and limitless death all await!”
It’s also got an old skool kool trailer featuring a reverb-enhanced voice over and squealing guitars and everything, plus the voice of Mark “I’m Commander Shepard and this is my favourite Kickstarter campaign on the Citadel” Meer. Ch-ch-ch-check it out (out out).
The campaign is looking to raise £60,000, with over £20,000 already in the bank and 26 days left on the clock.