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Dustbowl is a post-apocalyptic pixel adventure

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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 (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab).

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.