While Dragon Fin Soup may have a name that sounds more like a local delicacy than an upcoming indie game, it’s just one of many things that look to make this new Roguelike stand out.
For the debut title out of their studio Grimm Bros, founders Randis Albion and Ash Monif are looking to build on RPG and dungeon-crawling elements from some familiar classics?Ash mentions titles such as Chocobo’s Dungeon, Shiren the Wanderer, and Secret of Mana in his posting today on the official PlayStation Blog?and mix them together with more modern-era ideas.
Some of those ideas? While randomly generated quests, maps, and items are of course natural to the world of Roguelikes, the team at Grimm Bros are also adding things such as day/night and weather cycles, an extensive crafting/gathering system, puzzles and mini games (such as fishing), and more.
Then there are Dragon Fin Soup‘s visuals, which are not only look to be highly detailed and beautifully crafted, but which also present characters, enemies, and other elements of the surroundings far grander in size than I’m used to from other titles in the genre. In fact, it was almost a little off-putting at first to see the game’s lead heroine Robin so large on screen, but it’s a stylistic choice that I’m now looking forward to seeing. (And, to be fair, my love for Roguelikes typically skews more toward the retro-styled offerings, where player and foes aren’t as big as they are in some more modern-era examples like the Wii version of Shiren. I think it’s Dragon Fin Soup‘s mix of old-and-new that threw me off at first.)
Speaking of Robin, one of the things that instantly caught my eye (and heart) for Dragon Fin Soup is the very first thing you’ll notice when visiting the game’s Kickstarter page:
“A charming SNES style RPG with Roguelike elements, set in a twisted fairytale world with a cheerful, yet raging alcoholic Heroine”
My love of female protagonists is already established, but I’ve also long had a soft spot for characters based on the Red Riding Hood mythos. I’m not sure what it is?maybe that contrast of safety versus danger that made the original fairy tale so dark and disturbing. Capcom’s B.B. Hood / Bulleta played with that idea of a Red Riding Hood-inspired girl who seemed sweet, yet who had a sinister side to her; it looks like a similar path will be taken for Robin, which piques my interest even more. (Plus, you can’t not like the art style the game sports for its cast.)
While the Kickstarter for Dragon Fin Soup still had a ways to go before it ends on April 11th, there’s already a few certainties in place for the game’s release. When it hits in 2015, the PC/Mac/Linux version (either through Steam or DRM-free) will be in conjunction with ports on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. The good news? Those versions are confirmed?it won’t take stretch goals in order to assume those platforms will also get the game. As well, for those who go the PlayStation route, Dragon Fin Soup will be cross-buy across all three?once again showing just how great Sony’s push in that regard has become for us consumers.
If you’d like to learn more about Dragon Fin Soup or contribute to its funding, hit the link to the Kickstarter below. As someone who is now intrigued by the game’s genre, style, and direction, I’m already trying to make plans to get some hands-on time with Robin’s adventures in the near future. When I do, I’ll be back with impressions.