Cryamore – A massive action RPG with pixel art and hand drawn backgrounds
One of my favorite things about Kickstarter is coming across a game that doesn’t just look promising but, if it lives up to its promise, looks amazing. Cryamore is one of those games. Currently in pre-alpha, our glimpses into Craymore’s actual gameplay are limited at this point, but they do show off a few clips of the game in action, with hand-drawn backgrounds and nicely detailed pixel art with animations done by Mariel Cartwright, lead animator for Skullgirls (which was also crazy gorgeous).
Of course, none of that ‘this is a jaw-dropping pixel art action RPG’ stuff would matter much if the gameplay didn’t sound good (okay, it would still matter quite a bit), but the Craymore team certainly seems to have their inspirations in order. While listing a number of the most influential action RPGs as inspiring them, the Cryamore Kickstarter notes that the team wants the players to explore the game, eschewing using a a quest log. Cryamore will also give players access to a number of abilities (that number, apparently, is 81, which sounds like a lot) that can be used both in battle and to solve puzzles throughout the game, as well as acquiring new abilities that will give the player access to new areas (think Metroid and Zelda here). Still, from the brief gameplay footage shown of the pre-alpha build, it looks like the core gameplay has a lot in common with Secret of Mana. That includes, according to the Kickstarter listing, getting new weapons with their own pros and cons (four weapon types are listed: Sword, Spear, Axe and Crossbow).
There’s a lot more information, including a bunch of information about Cryamore’s (very detailed) world and story as well as some awesome looking monster concept art, over on the Cryamore Kickstarter page. A copy of the game is available for $15 (it will be $20 on release), with higher tiers including incentives like naming a character in the game (PC or Mac) or a copy of the soundtrack. Cryamore has a current estimated release date of March, 2014, but I’m definitely excited to see more between now and then. So, what do you think about the Cryamore Kickstarter? Are you surprised more people haven’t tried to do a Secret of Mana-inspired game before? I am, a little, now that I think about it.