Ampersat old school retro RPG now has a release date for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. Thanks to the creative efforts of developer Gaterooze, Ink. Due to make it’s way onto Steam soon.
Ampersat is a shooty, slashy, old school retro RPG with a modern feel. Gameplay is a blend of influences from Gauntlet and Smash TV to Zelda and a dash of Angband. Now due to release on May 28th, 2021. Gaterooze is gearing up the uniquely crafted adventure with more appeal for roguelite fans. Which is also a labor of love from a solo creator.
Ampersat takes you back to your favorite childhood gaming experiences. While offering a fresh, fun hybrid that sees you killing a lot of monsters. Then finding a lot of loot, freeing captured letters, and growing your character. Going from a world weary warrior mage into a powerful smash and blast machine.
Since Ampersat takes the ASCII characters of the original Rogue games. This gives them a highly stylized custom font for each of 52 enemy types. But also presents the game as a top down 3D world. Sort of a halfway between traditional 16-bit pixels and modern voxels. This results in a vibrant and unique look, which you will get to experience on the release date.
Ampersat – Retro Indie Game Trailer
A similar approach is used for sound. The game layers Commodore 64 SID chip emulated sound effects over more traditional real world instrumentation. So that it creates a more tense atmosphere in the puzzling dungeons. Including dizzying towers and a jaunty village setting.
The Ampersat Demo still exists on Steam. Giving you a first hand experience of the gameplay. At first, I thought the gameplay experience needed to be faster. But it’s not until you play the full game on the release date, where you take on much deeper challenges. And the place also gives you more time to plan your attacks.
- 50 handcrafted levels, many with exploration and light puzzles
- Optional endless procedural area
- Original gameplay elements based around freeing and capturing letters
- Flexible character progression with extensive skill tree
- Hundreds of unique pieces of loot to find, buy, sell and augment
- Upgradeable town hub
- Tackle stages in the order you choose
- 50 unique creature types, 10 bosses
- Drop-in local co-op
Ampersat old school retro RPG is due to arrive on Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. With a release date of May 28th, 2021 via Steam. And also priced at $9.99 USD / £7.19/ €8.19.