River City Girls
physics-driven platforming roguelike. It sees you play as an apprentice mage where you explore deep into sinister mines and do battle against all manner of horrors along the way. What sets this one apart from your typical rogue-lites is the art style and overall look and feel, with the incredible fluid and gas physics mechanics at play here associated with the range of spells your mage is able to cast. You’re also able to combine your spells with environmental elements around the map, which is also fully destructible this means there’s no limit to the route for you to move from beginning to end of each level. Noita has been in development for the best part of 5 years and while out in early access. The creator’s knowledge games are saying they expect a full launch next year. Noita, with its intriguing gameplay and imagery, is one I’m gonna buy into sooner rather than later.
Sojourn is a first-person puzzler that is self-evidently steeped in the concepts and stylings of such atmospheric games as Myst rhyme and the witness and of course, that’s no bad thing. While the narrative unfolds as you play, The Sojourn tells a story in which you, the character, inhibit a pure and beautiful world that’s under threat from darkness and evil. In another nod to one of the all-time classics, playing this one puts me in mind of Portal with you traversing from one objective or goal to the other, although you would be wrong to consider this a walking simulator with the puzzles being key to the overall experience. To describe much of the mechanics would deprive you much of the mystery. So I’ll only say you skirt between two parallel existences one in the light, the other in the dark, with much of the puzzling based on the location of statues that are key to the solution of each riddle. With over ten hours of playtime and four distinct areas, each with their own puzzle styles and changing rules. There’s plenty here to keep puzzle fans happy for the duration of The Sojourn and beyond. The Sojourn launches on September 20th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.