The roguelike genre already has innumerable titles in its repertoire and it seems new ones will never stop appearing. The reason for this proliferation lies in the huge number of possibilities it allows. Though the recipe for classic roguelikes has fixed ingredients – dungeon-delving by turns in randomly generated levels – now the door’s been opened to almost any game that has even one of those items. This opening has allowed for new games of all kinds, like, for instance, Rust Bucket, the latest gem from Nitrome.
If Nitrome is famous for anything, it’s for doing things with lots of attention to detail. We’ve talked about games from this company before (Leap Day and Hop Swap) and Rust Bucket boasts equally good quality as all the studio’s other games. Your aim is to beat as many levels as you can while besting a good assortment of bad guys and traps that won’t make things too easy for you. The action happens in turns so you can take as much time as you need to make your move. This is crucial as it’s making smart moves that proves key to survival.
You play a red helmet that you move one box per turn by swiping in the direction you want to go. If you’re near an enemy, you can slide in its direction to hit him. Some move in patterns similar to your own and others vary quite a lot. This is something to keep in mind as you have just one life and if you get hurt you’ll go back to the latest save point. You’re likely to find yourself circling around the same place until you find just the right box to let you eliminate the monsters pursuing you.
Rust Bucket ends up being a disguised puzzle game where you have to use all your ingenuity to survive. A different title with an artsy look that does justice to what we’ve come to expect from Nitrome.
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