As often as we get post-apocalyptic games (and we have plenty of them) and as often as we get Lovecraftian titles (and we have plenty of them, too) we don’t oftentimes get survival-horror games themed around a Lovecraftian world set in a post-apocalyptic hellscape. Well, developer Overflow is tackling that challenge with an isometric rogue-lite called Darkbolt.
You play as a survivor in a Lovecraftian apocalypse. Resources are limited, possibilities for death are high, and there are monsters roaming about.
The game features permadeath, so you’ll have to travel smart and pick and choose your battles. The combat is based around isometric mechanics, not unlike Diablo, and the architecture and visual motif has a Gothic feel to it.
You can get a glimpse of what the gameplay is like with some prototype footage below.
There are some obvious visual glitches and refinements that need to be made when moving into and out of buildings and some minor clipping as well as the AI not being terribly smart at the moment, but the promise of an awesome game is certainly there.
It reminds me a lot of a top-down version of Bloodborne in some ways.
The heavy focus on physics-based interactions, such as being able to pin enemies to the wall with crossbow bolts, or use fire to block off paths, or use brute force to break open doors is pretty cool.
Again, the game still needs a lot of refinement, but what’s there definitely looks like it could be sculpted and chiseled into something fun.
Limited ammo and resources coupled with the dark atmosphere and prominence of extradimensional horrors could further elevate the experience as a neat entry in the survival-horror sub-genre.
Again, you have to leave it to indies to actually make games worth playing since all the AAA studios are too focused on “diversity” and “inclusion” (which is basically codeword for anti-straight white males and couples) and shoving propaganda down your throats to worry about making good games.
If you’re interested in Darkbolt you can follow the development or wishlist the game by visiting the Steam store page.
(Thanks for the news tip Johntrine)