Zen Studios‘ first-person dungeon crawler Operencia: The Stolen Sun proves that the company is not only efficient in developing pinball games.
Anyone who has played one of the developer’s pinball titles knows that it’s always been able to create colorful worlds in various genres, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that this game looks much more modern than most pixel art endeavors of other indies. Taking place in the fantasy world of Operencia, inspired by Hungarian folklore, it’s about an unknown force that has kidnapped the Sun King Napkiraly, resulting in the land falling into darkness and despair. Only a group of seven heroes can bring peace again. Despite clearly being inspired by dungeon crawlers, much of the exploration, puzzle solving, and fighting takes place outdoors, though.
Gameplay-wise, one is presented with the standard tile-by-tile movement system and turn-based combat that fits the genre. One can switch between 7 characters that can be upgraded and customized according to one’s playstyle, and those seeking additional challenge can choose between options like limited saves or permadeath. If one wants to go old-school, it’s also possible to disable auto-mapping, so that one has to draw all the maps oneself.
The game was originally an Epic Games Store exclusive, but it’s now available on GOG and Steam as well as on consoles, with a 10% launch discount that lasts until April 7, 2020, at 9 AM UTC. There’s also the Explorer’s Pack for PC which includes the soundtrack, all 13 in-game maps, and wallpapers.
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