Weekend Download №258
Games, like chocolate glazed donuts, don't just appear in the world fully formed and ready to be devoured. They have to be crafted one ingredient at a time, working their way from concept to prototype to playable alpha and eventually full release. This week's games are all early versions of games that are still baking in the oven. Not that you actually bake donuts or games, but you get the picture.
Into the Underdusk (Windows, free) - Action platforming is at its best when blended with open-ended exploration. Into the Underdusk takes the Knytt style of gameplay and sends you on a quest to explore a stagnant land whose people have mysteriously vanished. Only one person remains, and he'll have to deal with all sorts of traps, creatures and jumping puzzles in order to find his lost amulet. A quiet and thoughtful game with plenty of room to grow.
Sewer King (Windows, free) - An early alpha release, the Sewer King experience is similar to Spelunky in that you search randomly generated worlds in search of treasure. Grab stones and simple items to toss at enemies, build ladders to move around the map, and spend coins you've gathered for better equipment. It's a pretty basic game so far, but it's still in development and shows some promise. Besides, who doesn't want to explore a sewer for treasure?
Fantasy Dungeon (Windows, free) - Taking second place in the Trials of Oryx roguelike competition, Fantasy Dungeon works stretches of dungeon crawling into RPG-style turn-based battles, creating a very tense atmosphere. Pick your party, explore the environment, then engage in fights where you'll cast spells, steal magic, defend against attacks and just generally try to hold your ground against some very difficult foes.