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Pretty Metroidvania Faeland jumps onto Kickstarter

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Faeland's pretty pixel art first caught my eye in January (opens in new tab) when it was just a teaser trailer, but now it's come to Kickstarter (opens in new tab) with a prototype build in search of $29,000. It calls itself a "Metroidvania action adventure RPG", which is to say you travel back and forth between its various towns and villages, delve into castles and forests, solve puzzles, jump between platforms, slay enemies, fight bosses, unlock new areas and complete side quests to get better weapons and armour.

You control Sam, a secluded hunter who's driven from his home by a band of orcs and trolls. Forced to start a new life, he goes about the world making new friends to the background of a looming darkness that threatens the survival of the entire realm, which he'll inevitably have to deal with himself. It's classic zero-to-hero stuff.

The sword-and-shield combat (there are also spears, daggers, axes and bows) can't help but put me in mind of Zelda and, as one commenter on my January story wrote, Sam bears more than a passing resemblance to Link. The combat looks to be fairly deliberate: you can't swing lightning fast, so it's all about timing dodges and blocks.

The developers have penciled in a December 2019 release, so clearly there's still a lot of work to do, but I like what I see so far. I know some people are sick of pixel art, but I like the fact that Faeland's visuals are relatively soft and easy on the eye. It's one to watch, I reckon, and it has lots of backer tiers if you want to throw some money at it—$1 will get you the prototype build.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.