Whereas visiting EGX over the weekend, there have been a variety of indie video games to be enjoying, however none impressed me fairly like Ebook of Abominations. This demo solid by simply two builders at Magination Video games left a long-lasting impression on me, with the Pokemon clone feeling like a cautious combination of Stardew Valley’s artwork type, Pokemon’s battling mechanics and music, and the devilish nature of Lovecraft’s works multi functional.
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Within the quick demo that I performed, you get up in your house which is adorned with books and rusting furnishings, and it instantly felt as if I’d woken up in my farmhouse in Stardew Valley. Albeit, in a unique dimension. You allow your property and should battle it out with some slime, the place you’re taught how battling and seize mechanics work.
Appears loads just like the farmer's dwelling in Stardew Valley, proper? | Picture credit score: Magination Video games
Though Ebook of Abominations is clearly impressed by Pokemon, the developer has nonetheless tried to make issues authentic. Your assaults are, properly, your assaults, however fairly than whipping out potions and sweet in your pocket monsters, you’re utilizing spells and tomes to maintain them combating match. And as a substitute of slinging PokeBalls at enemies to tame them, you’ll have to finish a seize spell over a number of turns – with out dying or killing the hostile monster – earlier than lastly ending off the battle and accumulating them for your self.
There’s additionally no PP on the subject of utilizing assaults. As a substitute, sure assaults have cooldowns over a number of turns, so you need to be very strategic – and cautious – about whenever you use your strikes, and who you employ them on.
After just a little exploring, capturing some slime and killing some zombie-like creatures, you run into Miasmoth, The Befouled and its minions. It’s virtually offered as a Darkish Souls battle in a Pokemon-sized world, with the large HP bar for the creature taking over the width of the display. Along with your measly however aggressive creatures, it’s actually attainable to beat this cryptid to a pulp, however that’s one thing I didn’t fairly handle to do throughout my time enjoying the Ebook of Abominations demo.
Picture credit score: Magination Video games
The developer of Ebook of Abominations got here up with the concept for the sport as one thing that it wished to play, and figured that different folks would need to play, too. They usually’re not unsuitable. Whereas there’s loads of horror-themed mods for Pokemon on the market, and a few spectacular Pokemon clones, there’s nothing fairly like what this pair of builders are getting down to do. A lot so, that the duo creating the sport – Magination Video games – took dwelling the Abertay College’s DARE Academy Award for its distinctive concepts and unimaginable efforts executing them.
Somewhat than accumulating cute pocket monsters that bear resemblances to animals, autos, and even home items (pondering of you, Sinistea), Ebook of Abominations has you battling out with spell-casting cryptids, with an artwork and audio-style that hails again to the early Pokemon video games on GameBoy and Nintendo DS. It’s one thing that I’d argue there’s positively a niche out there for, and the kind of recreation that us horror-loving Pokemon followers need and wish.
Listed below are among the creatures you may count on to come back throughout. | Picture credit score: Magination Video games
With Ebook of Abominations being the work of simply two folks, the sport isn’t anticipated to be accomplished anytime quickly, sadly. Magination Video games has shared that it may possibly see the sport arriving in 4-5 years time, however it's seeking to develop its staff and hopefully velocity up growth, with all being properly.
You possibly can hold updated with the event of Ebook of Abominations over on the video games Twitter.