Oregon Trail meets Fallout meets Nethack
March 19, 2012 4:25 PM Subscribe
posted by cortex (23 comments total)
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is a hex-based, turn-based scavenging/survival/mystery RPG. Dig through abandoned buildings! Punch a looter to death! Get eaten by a Dogman! Contract cholera! Die of cholera! Flash-based browser game, under active development; the current demo lets you explore the landscape and play with the game's mechanics at length.
The game's approach to character customization is perk-based; you can select a few from the twenty or so skills available, giving you significant edges in only some small subset of the challenges you face as you try to survive in the wilderness and the decayed urbania outside of the walled Detroit Mega City. Athletic? You can cover more ground each turn. Lockpicking? You've got a decent chance of getting at locked storage sheds that previous looters might never have gotten into. Trapping? Congratulations on your hard-won squirrel-skin attire.
Basically everything in the game is dangerous, and learning to be risk-averse is the first core skill in gameplay. With good weapons and some fighting skill, you can probably come out ahead in the fights you pick, but running away is still the safest way to avoid injury. Scavenging yields up utilitarian treasure but presents dangers both infrastructural and mammalian. And if you want to carry more than two things, you'd better find a plastic bag or, better yet, a backpack or three.
A recipe/combo system lets you combine found materials to create basic resources (some twigs, a branch and a lighter gets you a campfire) or improvise better equipment (combine a sling, some bits of wire, and a rifle with a leatherman tool to make yourself a proper shoulder sling rifle to free up your hands), though the recipe system is more fleshed out in the (frequently iterated) beta for pre-orderers.
The UI is a bit fiddly in spots and the game does very little hand-holding about getting up to speed on the basics of survival; if you want help with either, check out a short newbie guide
on the game's forums.