Loot Rascals is a tale of friendship, loss and redemption in outer space, where you’ll play as the survivor of a rocket crash, trying to escape the planet…
The game is being developed for Playstation 4 and PC by the guys at Hollow Ponds (@hllwpnds). You play a different take on a card game that has you choosing to be “kind” or to “backstab” your fellow players. Both choices have different (and not always good) outcomes.
The game sees you exploring the planet, revealing its hexagonal surface as you progress, and fighting a number of strange aliens, monsters and robots. Upon defeating them you will win Loot Chips – a set of schematic cards from which you get all of your abilities.
Arranging these cards in your HUD to create your character’s build is the second major aspect of the game – much of the strategy comes from deciding which cards to keep – which will determine how you’ll approach the various hostile situations on the planet – and which ones you’ll convert into the precious resources you’ll need to heal up and fight your way to freedom.
But that wouldn’t make a decent tale of friendship, loss and redemption would it now?
When you die in Loot Rascals, you will be looted by the enemies! And when that happens? The cards they steal are beamed up and will drop into someone else’s game. Defeating strong enemies will earn you a card that once belonged to someone else – which was looted from them earlier by a baddie. Baddies only steal the best loot chips so you will be faced with a choice to keep it for yourself or send it back to the player who lost it.
That choice however will have big consequences. Every player in Loot Rascals has a Holographic Agent – a computer controlled copy of themselves who can visit other people’s games. If you decide to hang on to another player’s card, you may find yourself faced with their angry Hologram, trying to kill and loot you. Or, if you did right by them, and sent back their card, perhaps their Hologram will turn up to help you for a while…
This seems like the perfect party game to enjoy with friends, or on your own.
Loot Rascals will be available on Playstation 4 & PC in early 2017, check out the trailer below