It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for another Screenshot Survey. Every week, we take a look at a few cool new games in the works by game developers tweeting with #ScreenshotSaturday. For even more games you might be interested in, check out this hashtag on Twitter.
This week we have several history-themed games to look at. If you like Romans and Vikings as much as I do, you'll want to check these games out. We have a grand old Roman coliseum fight, two Norse mythology games (if you'll consider those history), and a slime slinging through some old-looking ruins. It's a stretch, but we like themes! Check out these four games and be sure to follow them on Twitter if you're interested in these projects.
We who are about to Die
First off, let me say that We who are about to Die is quite a good title. It is definitely fitting for the gladiatorial theme this game has. Secondly, besides the great achievement of having over 1,000 followers on Twitter, I love the game's look found in the GIF in the tweet above. The colors resemble the beige, weathered look that is used liberally in any sort of Roman-like setting.
We who are about to Die is an upcoming gladiator game, if you didn't guess by now. The most interesting aspect of this title is that you're only given one chance at rising to the top as a gladiator. You begin the game with a randomized character, and if you die, that's it. There's no do-overs, like real life. Imagine that! There also seems to be a hefty amount of unique arenas to fight in that are beautifully crafted and just ready for blood to be splattered everywhere. Single developer Jordy Lakiere says to look out for We who are about to Die when it's ready!
Tribes of Midgard
It's good to enjoy the simple things in life—like, you know, water splashing. I'm not even joking, because this is an example of fine attention to detail by a developer. It's the little things that add up and eventually make a great gameplay experience. Water splashes aside, the name of this game got my attention: Tribes of Midgard. As a lover of Norse mythology above all else, I look forward to fighting for our world, that of Midgard.
The time of Ragnarok is nigh. Tribes of Midgard tasks players with surviving in a harsh, procedurally generated land while fending off invading, fearsome giants. Up to 10 players can cooperatively play within a single world, and the game features crafting and base-building mechanics. It also has an appealing cell-shaded, comic book-like graphical style. Norsfell seems to be on the right track, so look out for Tribes of Midgard in 2020.
Speaking of Norse mythology, we have Bossgard, a totally goofy take on Norse mythology. First, let's look at this tweet. I don't know if this picture takes place within Midgard or Valhalla, but it's certainly a stylized, undeniably Norse-looking area. Also, take some time to vote on the poll in this tweet and pick your favorite God. They're all pretty cool, but if you're not an Odin fan, we can't be friends.
Bossgard is a silly game that pits several Viking players against one player-controlled boss. A giant piece of toast, a killer cube, and more are some of the bosses you can expect to fight. According to the game's Steam page, it also features international Vikings. You don't have to be Scandinavian to take part in the battles of Bossgard! Speaking of which, the game is available now in early access, so give it a try if it sounds like a good time to you.
As you can tell by now, we've gotten less and less historically accurate. I fully admit, Crumble here is a stretch. But, how could this amazing, chaotic game not be featured? We see a blue slime with a hilariously sticky tongue cavort around this stage as old ruins (there's my historical link) crumble down around him. It makes my heart race just looking at it, so imagine being the player in this situation.
Crumble is an upcoming platformer by developer Brute Force. In it, you take control of this lovable ball of blue slime and swing and bounce around physics-heavy stages. While there's no definitive release date yet, you can go to Crumble's Steam page to try out a demo.
Interested in any of these games? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!