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BloodRoots Lets Players Fight With (Almost) Everything In Sight

Upcoming hack-and-slash RPG BloodRoots is all about its verbs: “smash, slice, crush, blast, crack, slam, burst, break, split, slit, gut, tear, gash, gouge, scoop, cut, chop, dice, hash, grind,” it promises.

BloodRoots premiered yesterday at Nintendo’s indie games GDC event in San Francisco, where I met Raphael Toulouse, co-founder of developer Paper Cult, who explained that his game’s main selling point isn’t simply its Samurai Jack backgrounds or its fast-paced action. It’s “object exploration,” a phrase that’s hard to understand until you’re pulling a wheel off a carriage and spinning and riding it into a gang of enemies or fighting an incoming dagger man with a carrot.

Toulouse compared BloodRoots’ protagonist, the revenge-seeking Mr. Wolf, to the many action heroes that Jackie Chan has played, because he’s “a complex person who uses everything around him as a weapon.” Ladders, dead fish, haystacks, haystacks on fire, and repurposed fence wood are all improvisation material. In the course of a few seconds, the player might pull an ax out of a stump, chop someone down with it, toss it aside to pick up a ladder, spin that around furiously in an area-of-effect attack and, after tossing that aside, grab a table and cut down whoever remains.

I only played for a brief period but found BloodRoots’ object-based combat fresh and surprising. Everything happens so fast. In a split second, if you misjudge a weapons’ range in relation to enemies’ trajectory toward you, that will mean starting the level over. It’s a little unforgiving, but so far, didn’t feel overly frustrating.

BloodRoots will be out on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam this summer.

Source: Kotaku.com

All The Cool Indies Nintendo Announced Today For The Switch

Katana Zero

The Switch is a very good platform for indie games, and it’s only getting better. During today’s “Nindies Showcase,” Nintendo announced 16 independent games newly coming to the Switch, including Cuphead, Stranger Things, and a Crypt of the NecroDancer/Zelda mashup.

Out Today

Blaster Master Zero 2
  • It’s a surprise Blaster Master Zero sequel! Blaster Master Zero 2 is out today from Inti Creates.
  • Vlambeer Studio makes its Switch debut with Nuclear Throne, the brutal co-op action game with crazy characters and procedurally generated levels.

The Next Few Months

My Friend Pedro
  • The rumors were true: Hardcore animated indie darling Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch on April 18.
  • Katana Zero is an intense platforming action game with a rewind feature, arriving alongside Cuphead on April 18.
  • Another game from Vlambeer, the classic Super Crate Box, is slated for an April release.
  • And even more Vlambeer with Vlambeer Games, a growing collection of mini-games that kicks off this spring with a shooter called Ultra Bugs.
  • Acid Wizard Studio’s survival horror game Darkwood comes to the Switch this May.
  • Also in May, fly around shooting bad guys as a sentient banana in Crazy Games’ My Friend Pedro.
  • Cadence of Hyrule mixes the rhythm action of Crypt of the NecroDancer with characters from The Legend of Zelda this spring.
Neo Cab

Before The End Of The Year

  • Driving adventure Neo Cab is coming to the Switch this summer from Chance Agency.
  • Double Fine Productions brings Rad, an isometric 3D action RPG with a mutating hero, to the Switch this summer.
  • Decoy Games’ underwater multiplayer shooter Swimsanity jumps from Steam to Switch this summer.
  • Another summer release is Bloodroots, a twisted Western action game from Paper Cult. It looks very cool.
  • Creature in the Well is a stylized pinball action game from developer Flight School. Hitting pinballs with swords happens this summer.
  • The Stranger Things retro game, technically announced during the Game Awards last year, arrives just in time for season three of the Netflix show on July 4.
  • Pine is a third-person, open-world action role-playing game featuring tons of crafting and exploration. It’s due out in August.
  • Overland, a squad-focused turn-based strategy game from Canabalt creator Adam Saltzman, is due out in the fall.
  • Timberline Studios’ The Red Lantern is a story-driven adventure survival game about a woman who gets stranded in the Alaskan wilderness while training for the Iditarod dog sled race. It comes to Switch later this year.

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Source: Kotaku.com

A Bunch Of New Indies We’ve Been Eager For Are Coming To Switch Soon (Like CrossCode)

CrossCode is coming to Switch this year, so soon you’ll all be able to see what we’ve been raving about. Also in Nintendo indie news: the strategy game Wargroove is out next week, Goat Simulator hits Switch right now, and the people behind SteamWorld Dig are making a new card role-playing game called SteamWorld Quest.

CrossCode, which would have probably been one of my top 3 games of 2018 had I not started playing it in 2019, is the most exciting news in this morning’s Nintendo indies video. But there’s plenty more:

  • Wargroove, a spiritual successor to Advance Wars, is out February 1 and looks astounding.
  • The press material for SteamWorld Quest describes it as “a team-based card collecting role-playing game set to an epic story around what it means to be a hero.” Not exactly what I’d expect from the makers of the Metroidvania SteamWorld Dig, but development studio Image & Form has been playing with new genres since they launched.
  • Other games coming to Switch include Double Kick Heroes, Inmost, Forager.
  • Games out on Switch right now (surprise!) include Goat Simulator, When Ski Lifts Go Wrong, and Unruly Heroes.

For all the announcements and trailers and fancy sizzle footage, watch the full video above.

Source: Kotaku.com