While Nintendo tries to convince people that 2013 is the Year of Luigi, the Year of the Roguelike hurtles on, full steam ahead. "Sunless Sea," a weird fiction naval exploration game by Failbetter Games, has careened through its £60,000 Kickstarter funding goal and should, elder turtle gods willing, should come out next year on PC and Mac
One thing I like about roguelike as a genre is how flexible it is. It probably most often refers to dungeon-crawling RPGs, but it can be molded and transmuted onto action platformers ("Rogue Legacy"), first-person shooters ("Eldritch"), space travel ("Ftl"), and, presently, sea faring.
If Failbetter Games sounds familiar, it may be because we previously covered their previous project, a free-to-play narrative game called "The Black Crown Project." Thankfully, "Sunless Sea" seems a little more up front, getting its funding from Kickstarter instead of piecemeal through micro transactions.
Still, "Black Crown" is illustrative, as it »
- Joseph Leray