Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Caveblazers by Rupeck Games and The Yogscast. I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Caveblazers is a brutally difficult metroidvania style roguelike. You play as an unnamed character who decided to delve into a vast cave system in search for treasures. He’s not along in this venture and he’ll meet many NPC’s that will aid him in his journey. The game doesn’t have a story so your objective is to simply reach the bottom of the dungeon without dying. Tall order, because the game is incredibly difficult and equally unforgiving.
As you make your way through each level of the dungeon, you’ll find treasure chests, pots and boxes. It’s a good idea to break these open whenever possible because they’ll sometimes have useful loot. You can find weapons, accessories, potions or items, like bombs, which all come in handy. The game also has various power up bubbles (They look like bubbles anyway) and when you jump into them they grant you special passive abilities. One ability activates a slight homing feature on arrows that you fire, while another one increases some overall stats. It’s also worth mentioning that not all potions will help you. Some of them have negative effects and the game doesn’t tell you which ones, so you’ll need to do a little trial and error to find out. (The pink ones heal you).
The combat in the game is pretty well done, It feels fast and fluid and fits the game well. The enemies you face are also quite difficult. They’ll actively try to get behind you to attack you and they do quite a bit of damage to you as well. It’s really difficult to explore without getting hit and exploring is a big requirement because of the bosses you face.
Overall, Caveblazers is a really good metroidvania style roguelike but keep in mind that the game is incredibly challenging for those that aren’t skilled at platformers or roguelike games. The game will destroy you numerous times. So I can only recommend this game to advanced players, the more casual roguelike players might want to look elsewhere.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!