There’s an previous saying in videogames: graphics evolve and style develop and fade, however puzzle video games are endlessly. The purpose is: amidst all these shiny, explosive and narratively compelling video games on the market, there’s at all times room to sit back with a puzzler to make our brains whir and probably overload in methods different video games can’t.
Rob Riches is correct up that avenue, and might greatest be described as Crypt of the Necrodancer meets Hitman GO (with a touch of Chip’s Problem, for the greying players amongst you). Performed from a hard and fast isometric perspective, with a dinky tomb-raiding theme that takes you from jungle temples to Egyptian tombs and arctic dungeons, Rob Riches confronts you with dozens of puzzles to plug your mind into.
There’s no procedurally generated nonsense or locked-off content material right here (a rarity for a recreation that’s additionally coming to Android and iOS). Every puzzle is hand-crafted, with deadly obstacles like spinning blades, poison darts and crumbling blocks transferring and breaking in time with every step you are taking.
This offers Rob Riches a pleasant rhythm that can be acquainted to followers of these video games talked about earlier. You’ll end up tapping the display screen with a shaky, sweaty finger as you attempt to calculate whether or not your deliberate path will coincide with the trail of a one-shot deathtrap, or whether or not you may make it throughout a lethal row of hazards in a single daring sequence of steps.
Despite the fact that the sport’s solely been out for a few weeks, it’s already evolving. The most recent replace has added a board displaying the ‘optimum step depend’ for every stage. This new characteristic exhibits what the builders at Megapop deem to be the proper variety of steps by which to finish every stage. Emphasis on the ‘deem’ there, as a result of it’s fairly potential that plucky puzzle aficionados will discover methods to fairly actually beat the devs at their very own recreation. You up for the problem?
The optimum step counts add a welcome layer of replayability for the eidetic amongst you who would in any other case breeze by way of ranges you’ve already accomplished. Past that, many ranges additionally maintain secrets and techniques and easter eggs so that you can uncover, together with an compulsory nod to cinema’s most celebrated archeologist-adventurer.
Fortunately, you gained’t be blopping by way of the identical previous tombs any time quickly. With 99 ranges of ever-increasing issue set throughout three distinct worlds, there’s an entire lot extra recreation right here than its humble £6/$7 price ticket would counsel.
As you bounce the titular hero throughout these vibrant however misleading ranges – to the catchy soundtrack put collectively by the small improvement workforce – a number of the puzzles right here could whisk you again to the dungeons of A Hyperlink to the Previous or the environmental puzzling of old-school Pokemon. Whereas each bit the trendy indie recreation, Rob Riches ideas its pith hat to the previous, charming puzzle-seekers previous and new after they uncover this gem buried within the sands of Steam. It is coming to Linux too, which is able to please the platform’s small however diehard gaming contingent.
You possibly can decide up Rob Riches on Steam now (once more, solely £6/$7!), and comply with Megapop’s Steam page to see what else they’ve in retailer (particularly, a rowdy-looking PvP cyberpunk card-battler known as Haxity).