Guerrilla Collective 2020
The online digital games festival that was Guerrilla Collective is all but a memory now with the 3rd and final day coming to a close. So I’m going to take this opportunity to look back on some of my personal highlights from each of the 3 days as well go over a few picks that set the internet ablaze or just tickled my fancy. Strap in, it’s going to get weird.
My top pick from day 1 was Colt Canyon, described as a pixel art shooter you are tasked with rescuing your kidnapped partner by making your way through a hostile canyon. The game offers solo play and local coop, which is nice, and promises dynamic and immersive environments and enemies.
This game looks like a hoot and I’ll be the first to admit I am a sucker for that sweet pixel art style.
Colt Canyon, can grab it now on Steam.
You cant talk Guerrilla Collective Day 1 without mentioning A Juggler’s Tale. This game not only looks beautiful but has one of the more interesting gameplay mechanics I’ve seen in a long time. A Juggler’s Tale is set as a puppet theater play where you control the puppet Abby as she tries to escape her captives. Its a side scroller with a twist as you navigate your environment with, well, strings attached.
I’m putting this one on my list of must-play games, the environments and storytelling look like a real treat. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, enjoy:
A Juggler’s Tale is available “when all the knots are tied”.
Special mentions for Day 1:
- GoNNER 2 – Sequel to GoNNER
- Boyfriend Dungeon – You date your weapons to level them up
OK, for the premise alone Gori: Cuddly Carnage take’s my pick for day 2. Gori: Cuddly Carnage is a hack n’ slash with a cutesy spin. You play as the adorable cat Gori, using your hoverboard to destroy The Adrodable Army, which as far as I can tell is plush unicorns on steroids.
It’s Devil May Cry meets My Baby Unicorn in all the right ways.
Gori: Cuddly Carnage will be available “as soon as the unicorns allow it”.
The next game really got some of the guys here at MEF talking it’s Metal: Hellsinger the rhythm FPS game developed by The Outsiders. Metal: Hellsinger’s soundtrack builds with your kills if you manage to slay to the beat, and I do mean builds. The soundtrack includes some big names from the metal scene and combines this huge soundscape with fast pace first-person action.
OK, so it’s a little derivative of the Doom series but I reckon the added rhythm mechanics are enough to make it really stand out.
Metal: Hellsinger is coming to PC, XBOX One, PS4 and next gen consoles in 2021.
Special mentions for Day 2 include:
- The Eternal Cylinder – A mash-up of No Man’s Sky and Spore
- Evil Genius 2 – More Evil Genius
My ears pricked up immediately when the West of Dead trailer rolled on day 3, and for good reason as Ron Perlman, you know, Hellboy, narrates the entire game.
West of Dead is a western shooter set in Wyoming purgatory in the year 1888. You fill the boots of a dead man by the name of William Mason (voiced by Ron Perlman) who wakes from death with no memory except that of a figure in black.
The unique art style of West of Dead and almost halo-like lighting help sell the “shifting chaotic world” that is purgatory. Part of the shifting world includes the procedural environment which tasks shape from “the memories, culture or beliefs of the souls who pass through.” What’s not to love about that?
West of Dead is available June 18 on Steam and XBOX One.
Last but certainly not least on my list is The Eternal Cylinder.
The Eternal Cylinder looks to be a little Spore meets No Man’s Sky and puts you in control of a heard creatures known as Trebhums. You are charged with keeping the Trebhums alive in the strange alien planet filled with odd lifeforms, saving them from the constant threat of the Cylinder. What is the Cylinder you ask? well, it’s “a gargantuan rolling structure of ancient origin which crushes everything in its path”. It kinda looks a lot like a big reset rolling-pin for the planet that just wipes the who place clean.
The alien creatures are weird, real weird, think half mannequin half spider robot or even better, half elephant half tree with a planet-like sphere for foliage… you following?
Through mutation, the Trebhums are able to overcome different obstacles, puzzles and dangers. The developers really went for something a bit different here and I can see myself burning a few hours exploring their crazy worlds.
The Eternal Cylinder comes to consoles in 2020
Special mentions for Day 3 include:
- Say No! More – Words really do hurt
- System Shock (Remake) – Just that name gives me hot nostalgic flashbacks
Well, that’s it, my picks from Guerrilla Collective 2020. I hope this gave you an appreciation of a few of the games showcased and managed to wet your gaming apatite.
The Guerrilla Collective wrapped up yesterday and gave us insight into almost 90 games from 80 teams across the span of 3 days. If you missed the streams or just want to know a bit more info head over to the official Guerrilla Collective website.