HVNTRS (Early Access) – A Retro Roguelike Dungeon-Crawler with Local Couch Co-op Multiplayer!

HVNTRS (Early Access) – A Retro Roguelike Dungeon-Crawler with Local Couch Co-op Multiplayer!

Game Review

 

HVNTRS is an awesome retro co-op roguelike dungeon-crawler that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world (is that the trend nowadays?).

The story, in a nutshell, is that the Hellbeatss have broken loose and these monsters turn human men into monsters as well- kind of like a zombie infection. Half of humanity has already been transformed into these vampiric creatures.

Now, there’s only a small group of stronghold shelters to save the remaining humans from the scavenging beasts. And there’s even smaller few who want to take the reigns and control the survival of humanity for just another day.

They’re the Hellbeast and Vampire Neutralization and Tactical Removal Squad- the HVNTRS! (That’s you.)

Team up with up to 3 of your friends and play through this roguelike dungeon-crawler together with local couch co-op multiplayer. The game takes perspective in a top-down view with nonstop monster-bashing action. It’s like a very simple and basic retro version of The Binding of Isaac or Gauntlet or something. But the game takes place in a turn-based strategy fashion. It’s very interesting.

The game has you attacking enemies by “bumping” into them. You’ll automatically attack using whatever item is your primary equip. If you have a melee item, you can attack in a specific direction by holding the item hotkey. If you just press the key, you’ll “queue” the item to be used. When an item is used, it automatically becomes your primary main-hand item. It’s kinda confusing, but you get used to it quickly. It reminds me of older cabinet arcade games. The control scheme is similar.

You can also lob projectiles as well by pressing the “throw” key. This is useful for mobs of monsters that you know is suicide if you get up close and personal, or if you prefer to keep some distance.

You can also find items all over the map that you can use to quickly swap out your current item. They each have different advances and using the right weapon at the right time is crucial.

So you select your weapon, attack, and direction. And then you make your move. You need to work strategically with your friends in order to progress. Team up on the same enemy to take it down quickly (priority threats) or strategically position yourself to take care of another enemy. Or do something else altogether. It’s like if Baldur’s Gate were turn-based.

The game has tons of items to use, each that grants stats (or takes them away) like robes, daggers, armor, etc. You’ll have to position yourself and play the right role according to your equips.

You play with your friends and queue up at the same time. If one of you goes outside of the screen, the game will assume that person has been queued. Once all players are done selecting their queues, the game will progress.

The only goal is to make it to the end of the dungeon and kill the Hellbeast. That’s it. But it’s a lot more difficult than that. You’ll have to work cooperatively with your friends in order to get past the treacherous dungeon first!

HVNTRS is an awesome indie dungeon-crawler with gorgeous artwork. The art is super simple, but very immersive o the point where you have to use your imagination to see what’s going on. It’s basic, but very effective. The strategic gameplay is a nice touch that makes it stand out from run and gun dungeon-crawlers. If you like strategy games, HVNTRS is a must play. Gather 3 of your Hellbeast-slaying friends save what’s left of humanity!

ProsCons
  • Fresh take on the dungeon-crawler genre
  • Strategic turn-based gameplay
  • Work together with your friends to take down elite monsters
  • Lots of items, equips, weapons and projectiles
  • Play different roles and modulate yourself with equips
  • Play with up to 4 players locally – couch co-op!
  • Controls take time to get used to
  • Not fun with one person
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Game Information

Status: Early Access

Published: 3/10/18

Platforms: Windows

Engine: –

Genre: Adventure

Languages: English

Inputs: Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad

Developer Information

Developer: FourbitFriday

Developer page: Go

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