Chess-based, card-based, roguelike dungeon crawler. And also you would possibly as nicely throw puzzler on prime of it too. That’s fairly a mouthful of style mixing, however solo developer Jan Wojtecki’s Pawnbarian appears to essentially be onto one thing with that mega mashup. The thought is that you simply’ll play playing cards out of your deck with a purpose to transfer your participant by means of every ground of a dungeon, defeating enemies, amassing objects, and transferring ever deeper. , dungeon crawler-y stuff. The attention-grabbing twist is that the playing cards within the deck are primarily based on the items in Chess, and your motion abides by the identical motion guidelines as they do. So should you play a Knight card (that’s the horsey card for plebs like myself) you’ll want to maneuver in an L-shape. The Rook helps you to transfer in straight horizontal or vertical traces, the Bishop in diagonal traces, the Queen goes wherever the hell she desires, and so on. You don’t must be a Chess professional to play Pawnbarian as the sport helpfully highlights the accessible squares you’ll be able to transfer to for every card, and it additionally highlights the squares the place enemies will be capable to assault you. Right here is a few footage exhibiting what Pawnbarian’s gameplay is like on cellular.
Initially this began off as an entry within the 7 Day Roguelike sport jam, and was so nicely acquired that the developer determined to broaden on it and launch it as a full sport. It’s really been a fairly open improvement course of and the sport has been playable in beta kind on desktop since final yr. You possibly can take a look at a playable net demo of the sport by hitting up the official website, and whilst you’re there it’s also possible to join should you’d like to participate within the beta testing for the cellular model of Pawnbarian. That is precisely the kind of sport that might be excellent for cellular and it positively provides me vibes of a number of the platform’s technique classics like Hoplite. The total launch of Pawnbarian on cellular and desktop is deliberate for someday this yr so we’ll preserve an eye fixed out for a date.