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We met with publisher Curve Games at PAX West 2022 and were given a tour of their varied selection of titles. If you thought PAX West 2022 coverage was over because of the Tokyo Game Show, you’d be dead wrong.
Our Basket game appointment was technically our second appointment at PAX West; the first appointment was a meeting with Naughty Dog for their Moth and Wolf Whiskey mixer to celebrate the release of Last of Us Remastered. However, the Curve Games appointment was the first deal to showcase any video game gameplay, which barely beats watching Troy Baker sing.
So what did Curve Games show us during the meeting? Let’s dive into it and see if Curve Games has hedged their bets. The five games that Curve Games showed us were: From the Room, Patch Quest, For King II, Flourishing businessand Among ripples: Low water. First up is From the Room.
Before we met with Curve Games described the team working on the game From the Room as:
“A wildly fun solo and co-op action shooter for up to four players. Take on the challenge of liberating the earth from an alien invasion with your friends using over-the-top weapons in a post-apocalyptic world with stunning stylized graphics.”
After watching the trailer and seeing some gameplay, it’s easy to see kids and adults enjoying it From the Room as a collaborative experience. Instead of taking the horror approach of an alien invasion, Triangle Studios has gone more the cute route.
Yes, there are horror elements, but with the player character and aliens looking like cute chibi characters, it’s hard to be horrified. Yes, you’ll still get the bullet-hell-style gameplay you’re hoping for. Enemy death animations appear more comedic than Gorey, making them more family friendly.
Next is Patch Quest, “the only roguelike-Metroidvania fusion where you can mount and ride every monster in the game.” Patch Quest is a game designed by a single developer who has created procedurally generated paths with a variety of monsters, terrains and environments. Patch Quest described as:
“In a maze surrounded by vicious monsters, explorers must rely on their Lasso to survive! Catch and tame ALL the monsters to jump, slide, surf, tunnel and sling through a treacherous patchwork maze. This roguelike/metroidvania seems cute, but it’s a deceptively difficult bullet hell challenge!”
Looking at the game’s artwork, it’s clear how much time, effort, and love Lychee Game Labs put into this project. In fact, if you want to see the development process, you can check out Patch Quest YouTube channel. Taking a more hands-on approach to capturing each monster while avoiding attacks makes each capture feel more important.
The third game shown to us was For King II. For King II looks to give players more of what they loved from the first game. The sequel looks to expand on the original’s popular mix of strategy, RPG combat, and rogue-like elements to create an epic new experience.
New to the series is two-row combat that allows players to plan their unit placement. If you’ve ever played a turn-based RPG, you’ll understand the basic mechanics. Prepare to take down the evil queen either solo or with up to four players.
The game looks to give players a grand adventure where loot or death can be around every corner. The combat in the preview was quite limited, but we could see how character placement can determine the tide of battle. One wrong placement or move could be your last.
“A tycoon game inspired by the rise of Las Vegas in the 1950s. Design, build and run your own retro casino in a busy world where the sky’s the limit, working alongside cute animals that are anything but cute.”
Each choice the player makes will either grow their bond with the mob or help the government take down organized crime. Players can design their own casino and tailor it to the needs of their customers. Learn about each player’s likes and dislikes for the perfect experience.
Providing slots to Gold Diggers creates a steady source of income. Tourists love the casino’s visual aesthetics. Now, baseball fans love arcade and fun games, but make a lot of garbage. Finally, players can recognize VIPs, but keeping them happy is the hard part.
How will you keep your gambling addicts happy?
Last but certainly not least is Among ripples: Low water. Among Ripples is a life sim inspired by ecology and those who spend time and effort solving environmental problems. The player will work with a fictional team of scientists to build, repair and maintain the delicate ecosystem of the various lakes. A wrong decision can destroy the entire ecosystem of the area.
This game is really designed for nature lovers who want to learn about the environment, how things can change when certain factors change, and even predict trends of what might happen to our very own ecosystem.
Players will be able to monitor how their changes affect the environment. They can see how different animals and organic life interact and change after decisions are made. How will you rehabilitate each environment to help it thrive?
Which of these five games stands out the most? Which ones are you excited about? Tell us in the comments.