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Goat arms dealers and cute vegetable people feature in action village-builder Drake Hollow

(Image credit: The Molasses Flood)

Upcoming "action village-builder" Drake Hollow showed off new gameplay footage today on the Guerilla Collective stream, highlighting a section of defensive fighting from its main campaign. First announced last year, Drake Hollow is the new game from The Flame in the Flood development studio The Molasses Flood. 

It's a single- or multi-player cooperative game where you help little vegetable people, called Drakes, build up villages to protect themselves from other, cursed vegetable people called the Feral. They are adorable and all right-thinking people will give their lives for the vegetable cuties. The veggie people require all kind of nourishment and entertainment to survive, walls to shelter in, and defenses for when you're not there. It's a blend of third person shooter, survival-crafting, and tower defense. 

Here's the segment:

In the new gameplay, creative director Forrest Dowling goes through about seven minutes of a defensive scenario from the game's campaign mode. After retrieving a special seed from another mission the player character gives it to a goat, who I guess is also a kind of magical arms dealer and/or weaponsmith, which summons up a bunch of evil Feral to fight. The battling is a bit of third-person shooting and a bit of melee as well, with timed dodges to avoid enemy attacks. After dying once, respawning, and defeating the boss there's a box of loot to get and a reward to collect. 

Drake Hollow is due to release on July 17th on Windows 10 and Steam. You can find out more on the game's website. 

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.