Loot Rascals, a roguelike strategy experience with collectible card game elements and a retro sci-fi aesthetic, launches on PlayStation 4 and PC, has gotten a release window, with the developers saying that the game will be released in Q1 2017. Developed by Hollow Ponds, a veteran team comprised of many of the same individuals who worked on Hohokum and an Adventure Time animator, Loot Rascals will be available to demo in the PlayStation booth at E3.
The objective of Loot Rascals is to escape from a distant hostile planet, but eccentric aliens, robots and monsters stand in the way. A.I. controlled holograms of other players may also attack, depending upon in-game decisions.
Loot Rascals has permadeath – when a player dies they lose all equipment, represented by cards. However, when an enemy kills a player, the fiend loots a single card. When another player defeats that same enemy, they win the card, and are given the altruistic option to return it to its former owner or keep the card for themselves. If they choose to return it, a hologram of the card’s previous owner will join the game, and help the giving player for a period. However, if they kept the card, that hologram will attempt to hunt down the new owner and kill them.
Cards provide special abilities, buffs or alter the three core stats: life, attack and defense. A limited inventory for cards makes Min-Maxing a character essential for success. Unwanted cards can be converted into tokens, the in-game currency, which can be spent replenishing health or using special abilities.
To overcome each procedurally-generated level, divided into hexagonal tiles, players explore to find each stage’s exit. Movement from one tile to the next takes a single turn, for which enemies also make a move. When the player and an adversary meet on a tile, a turn-based battle ensues. Loot Rascals’ humor is brought to life in a vivid animation style reminiscent of classic cartoons like He-Man and The Jetsons.
Speaking about the game, Ricky Haggett, Founder and Lead Designer of Hollow Ponds said:
“Loot Rascals combines the deep strategy of a roguelike with deck-building card game mechanics to create something wholly original and incredibly entertaining.”