Dustbowl is a post-apocalyptic pixel adventure

If you're anything like me, the name 'Dustbowl' will conjure images of emerging up a set of stairs, across a gauntlet of Heavies, Snipers and Spies, and towards the capture point of a sentry-filled building. But as well as a TF2 map, it's also the name of a post-apocalyptic adventure that's just been released on Steam.

It's an intriguing looking thing, boasting a massive world and turn-based combat. There's survival and crafting too, which suggests that, despite the point-'n-click nature, it's more freeform in its structure.

The feature list further details this blend of survival, adventure and RPG:

  • A full thirst, hunger, tired system to keep adventurers on their toes.
  • Unique turn-based combat system with hit locations.
  • More quests and tasks to shake a mutant leg at!
  • Random encounters and easter eggs.
  • A sprawling 15km map of places to explore!
  • Fallout, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Metro2033 inspired.
  • Beautiful pixel art environments in a C64 palette.

For more, head on over to the Dustbowl site.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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