Every 12 months, the 7 Day Roguelike Challenge spawns a number of gems. One of probably the most persistently intriguing improvement jams round, it’s precisely what it feels like – seven days to develop a roguelike. This 12 months’s entries are in, and whereas voting on the winners continues to be ongoing, I’m throwing in a nomination for Pawnbarian by “j4nw”, a classy, intelligent little browser game that mashes Chess along with Slay The Spire. Set on a tiny 5 x 5 board, you’ve obtained to filter out monsters shortly and safely utilizing a restricted hand of Chess-style motion choices. Give it a stab for yourself here on Itch.
As with Slay The Spire, Pawnbarian seems like a game of understanding when to push and when to carry again. Each flip, you’ve obtained two actions earlier than monsters make their strikes, and you may see precisely what tiles they’ll be attacking. Ideally you wish to kill all of them or be some place else by the point that occurs. Sometimes you’ll have precisely the strikes accessible to hit two targets and get to security, different instances you’ll wish to deal with evasion and biding your time. After every board cleared you get to say both one other card on your deck, or an additional life level.
There’s a purpose why Ninjas aren’t a regular Chess piece.
Every enemy sort has their very own guidelines, and whereas by no means spelled out they’re pretty straightforward to intuit. The tentacle creatures explode when killed, so both end them abruptly or be able to dodge. The bigger blob monsters break up into two tentacle-balls when killed. It’s straightforward to die shortly if you happen to let threats pile up, so attempting to remove one a flip is a good suggestion. It’s a pleasant tackle a formulation that I’ve seen plenty of games taking notes from. Recent Kickstarter success One Step From Eden has comparable concepts, mixing the fight from the Mega Man Battle Network games with Slay The Spires’s light-weight deck-building format.
You can attempt Pawnbarian here in your browser on Itch, or browse the 7DRL entries here. There’s 145 this 12 months, which is way too many for only one chess-addled mind to wade by means of – be at liberty to share your favourites.