The festival also allows you to check out a number of lesser-known but equally promising productions. Here are some titles that are worth starting with. It is a promising survival horror inspired by the “Silent Hill” series. The authors took inspiration especially from the first part of this series, as the design was done in a retro style, providing an idealized vision of what games looked like on the first generation PlayStation.
It sounds like a cliché, but in reality, it is a quite unique project. The authors’ goal is to create an immersive sim that is a contemporary version of productions in the style of the “Ultima Underworld” series and the game “Arx Fatalis”. Hence, I want to check if “Monomyth” has a chance to revive this category. It is a pixel art economic strategy in which we will manage a restaurant on a distant planet.
Besides the business aspect, the game will heavily emphasize exploration (e.g. in search of food ingredients) and story. The production has a highly unusual mechanic – in each mission, we will only have a single bullet at our disposal. In each repetition of the day, we will have limited resources of willpower and time, and the key to success, finding a way to escape this trap, is the proper management of them.
It is a game with stunning graphics that evoke the work of French comic book artists, especially Moebius. The demo will allow us to check if besides the beauty, this title has something else to offer. This is what is promised by *Death Relives*, built on Unreal Engine 5, a survival horror in which the Aztec deity Xipe Totec will hunt us. In terms of gameplay, this creature is supposed to resemble Mr. X from “Resident Evil 2”.
In the case of *MULLET MAD JACK*, it features a highly unusual style, inspired by cyberpunk anime from the 1980s. It looks wonderful, and the developers have also used an interesting mechanism in the gameplay – our character is dependent on dopamine and will die if it doesn’t receive it (e.g. by killing enemies) for ten seconds, forcing a very aggressive style of play. It is a production inspired by the “System Shock” series, in which we will explore the deck of a spaceship overrun by monsters.
To be honest, I have no idea if this will be a good game. It is developed by a lone developer, and yet the level of graphics is high. However, it’s difficult to judge whether the creator is overreaching. This makes *Lonely Space* an ideal candidate to check out during the Steam Next Fest.