We talk quite a bit about indie games here on GAMEBREAKER. There are a lot to talk about what with bundles and kickstarter. But we’ve realized, we don’t talk much about the games that have come out recently. Until now…
Every Friday — after a week of hunting for the perfect game and playing it — I’ll be highlighting an indie game worth your attention.
This week, we’ll be taking a look at A Valley Without Wind by Arcen Games.
A Valley Without Wind is a 2D side-scrolling game featuring platforming and combat that takes place in a world where different time lines have crashed into one another, killing off people and making some parts of the world impassable.
This is not your average side scrolling game. Players are asked to think ahead. In many cases while I was playing, I found areas or mobs to be impossible to pass only to come back later with the materials or abilities I needed in order to do it.
From the beginning, players are also advised to not get too attached to characters as it is not a matter of “if” we die but “when”. Don’t worry, while there are losses when a character dies, most of the items and skills the previous character earned are passed along.
A Valley Without Wind has also been designed to be adaptable to the player’s style. This is done in two ways. First: the game allows us to set the difficulty levels on both platforming and combat independently. Second: the game adapts by tracking a player’s proficiency and adjusting for it.
The only problem I have found with AVWW so far is that the openness can be confusing. Since we are allowed to roam the map and chose any place to go to without direction, it is very difficult to determine where to go next.
That aside, the game is definitely worth checking out. It has an interesting story and honestly it’s nice to have to think about how to eliminate enemies rather than just standing in front of them and repeating the same action while being attacked in waves.
For those of you interested in trying the game: there is a demo available via Steam or on their website.