Neo Scavenger on Blue Bottle Games (free demo available)
Neo Scavenger is pretty much a roguelike in an post apocalyptic setting. However, instead of hunting monsters and stealing their treasures, you’re skulking around trying to find anything you can to survive just a little bit longer and maybe, MAYBE find out who you are and what the hell is going on.
I’d love to tell you about the story in this game, but I usually don’t survive anywhere NEAR long enough to figure out what’s happening. I usually fail to find shoes, and you might not think that’s very important, but SHOES ARE CRITICAL. Find shoes. Preferably shoes that match and that go on the correct feet.
Be warned: If you don’t have lot of patience for doing the same things over and over, this is probably NOT a game for you. You will die. You will die a lot. The only save function is “Save & Quit” – there is only a single save slot and if you die, the saved game is deleted. Your stuck with whatever decisions you make and whatever luck you do – or don’t – get.
Upon starting a new game, you can choose 15 points worth of bonuses. If you want more than 15 points worth, you have to counterbalance them with flaws. Can I recommend botany? Because if you don’t want to starve (or eat poison mushrooms), you should take botany. It’s absolutely worth four points.
After a very very short into sequence, you’re off, wearing nothing but a hospital johnny.
The controls take a little getting used to (and I’d really really like to also recommend you download and read the PDF manual), and get in the habit of using the campsite button (the one that looks like a tent) to see if there’s anything just lying around you could pick up.
Inventory management is challenging. Combat is challenging. The crafting system looks robust and someday, I hope to survive long enough to make use of it. I feel like there’s a lot of depth here, and you have to be really good or really lucky to even scratch the surface.
If any of this sound intriguing, download the free demo. I can’t play this game for long period of time, but I do keep coming back to run a quick game every now and again, and I do always enjoy it. Even if it’s shorter than I would like it to be.