Beast Breaker locations you within the function of Skipper, a courageous little mouse who’s tasked with killing large (properly, to a mouse anyway…) beasts that threaten the peaceable lives of the cities and settlements populated by different lovely animals. You achieve this by partaking with gameplay which is one half pinball recreation, one half strategic RPG, which proves to be a surprisingly wonderful pairing with plenty of attention-grabbing concepts. The first purpose of every battle is to kill one other large crystalline monster, every of which is comprised of a collection of interconnected elements with their very own well being bars. Solely destroying considered one of these elements—the core—will kill the monster outright, however you typically don’t have a straight shot or have to chip away at different elements earlier than you may get to it.
Skipper is given a restricted variety of actions per flip, and also you then choose from a menu of assaults that normally lead to him flinging himself towards the beast and bouncing off its crystalline cover at excessive pace. You’re given an indicator of the place is preliminary trajectory will go, however Skipper typically bounces off a number of surfaces earlier than coming to a cease. An efficient flip, then, is one the place you line issues up simply in order that he hits a number of surfaces directly, however you additionally must take his terminal level into consideration, too. Every flip, a crimson zone is marked out on the sphere indicating the place the monster will strike, and for those who end a flip in that zone, Skipper takes a success and loses well being.
It sounds simplistic at first, however this gameplay rapidly exhibits itself to have loads of depth. There are different weapons to make use of, like a bow or a hammer, and every weapon sort has a distinct loadout to alter up your playstyle. Then there’s the truth that sure actions will construct up “Cost” which is a restricted useful resource that you simply spend to make use of the extra highly effective skills in your moveset. Plus, each combat is precipitated by a quick 4X-style interface the place you navigate a small board and search for assets to provide you a bonus in battle whereas the beast stalks quietly across the map. It doesn’t take lengthy for what initially looks as if a simplistic recreation to point out off that it has loads extra ambition than it’s possible you’ll suppose.
Fortuitously, the presentation proves to be simply as well-executed because the gameplay, going for an aesthetic that appears vaguely flash game-like however has loads of character. Character portraits are typically expressive and cute, whereas the gameplay interface is intuitive and doesn’t get too slowed down in drowning you with particulars.
Beast Breaker is the epitome of a hidden gem, and we might extremely suggest you give it a shot. Like its principal character this recreation could also be small, nevertheless it proves to be exceedingly efficient at what it units out to do. Artistic, partaking gameplay and a stunning quantity of depth mix to make for an expertise which will shock at simply how a lot it hooks you.