By Nathan Grayson on August 19th, 2013 at 9:00 am.
VLAMBEER NEVER STOPS. I know. They told me so. Seriously though, Luftrausers isn’t even off the launchpad yet, and the Super Crate Box developer is already making admirable progress on a very impressive-looking action-roguelike called Wasteland Kings. I actually had the chance to play it and discuss its various ins-and-outs with Vlambeer recently, so expect impressions very soon. But until then, know this: it’s a rapid-fire, deliciously crunchy randomized romp starring a cavalcade of characters from Vlambeer’s past. And the craziest part? The arcade action maestros are going to stream a very large portion of its development – with you playing along at home via Steam Early Access.
Here’s the basic gist, straight from the flaming bear monster silhouette thing’s mouth:
“Wasteland Kings is Vlambeers latest action roguelike-like about mutants that spend their workdays trying to fight for the throne in a post-apocalyptic world. The radioactive waste in the world allows mutants to get ahead by mutating new limbs on the fly and the abundant availability of powerful weaponry make the quest to become Wasteland King one fraught with peril. All of this is really just an excuse for us to make a fun action game.”
You can watch the entire development process unfold on Vlambeer’s Twitch channel, and the game will apparently hit Steam Early Access very, very soon. So basically, you’ll be along for the whole ride. Some of it probably won’t be pretty, but I can almost guarantee that it’ll be eye-opening.
On the upside, the few rounds I recently played already felt quite nice, with Vlambeer’s love of tightly tuned twitch-action antics on full display. I was reminded quite a bit of Binding of Isaac, only without all the kludgy movement and general awfulness of its Java-based engine (which is not to say BoI itself is bad; I love that game). Basically, this is one to keep an eye on.
Impressions/interview soon. But for now, what do you think of Wasteland Kings?