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Loop Hero launches in March, and there's a demo on Steam right now

Loop Hero is a pixel-art roguelike but don't click away just yet—it's a unique one. Morgan was glowing in his early appraisal last month, describing it as a mash-up of "traditional roguelike, autobattler, deckbuilder and match-3 puzzle game." He added that it's "easily the coolest game to emerge in 2021 so far," which is not a negligible claim in a year that has already gifted us Wobbledogs.

The good news is that it's not far away: Loop Hero launches on Steam on March 4 for $15 (£12.49 / AU$20), and there's a playable demo right now. If you fancy that demo, it's available to pre-order, too

The way it plays is in the name. A hero from one of several classes moves automatically along a rail populated by the player. When enemies are slain you'll collect loot and "terrain cards" which let you shape the surrounding world in ways that influence the loop. While you won't be slaying foes yourself, you'll choose what the hero uses to get the job done. That's the game is a nutshell, but Morgan has more on the finer details.

Loop Hero is developed by Four Quarters, the studio responsible for Please, Don't Touch Anything. Tyler quite liked that game back in 2015, describing it as "an enjoyable little puzzle box full of cute, if not meaningful, surprises."

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.