With thousands of indie games being released each year, only a few usually take on mainstream traction. I believe Death’s Door, a typical hack and slash game with a twist, can be the next best action-RPG indie game. Death’s Door doesn’t play around, playing as a soul-reaping crow is no joke. This game takes on the underworld, using arrows and other melee weapons to take on a very bleak yet somehow also colourful world. Think Zelda but as a cute little crow reaping souls.
Usually reaping souls is a surprisingly mundane job for a crow, but that all changes when the soul he’s reaping has been stolen and you must chase down the desperate thief through an unknown realm untouched by death. Explore the articulate world, and fight bosses to get closer to the thief. Defeating the bosses is fairly complicated, you have to learn their moves and be strategic with your attacks to defeat them and reap their souls. As you make your way through all the bosses, you eventually learn the mechanics and master all the bosses.
With just the right amount of humour to give you a giggle mid game play and loveable characters you won’t quickly forget, Death’s door is a game to keep on your radar. The art style is comparable to studio ghibli movies and the game play is inspired by a fan favourite Zelda. I expect this game will be a new favorite for many people. I know I’m very excited to give the full game an exploration when it releases.
Rating: PG Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers. Mild violence.
GEEKERY RATING: 4/5
Available on 21 July 2021, 1:00 am (NZ time)