It’s no secret that genres are largely defined by their biggest titles, and that most other games in the same category can be expected to stay in the same lane. I mean, did anyone notice how similar Dishonored and Dishonored 2 were? Boring!
That’s why it’s so refreshing to come across a game that utterly thwarts any and all attempts to sum it up in a single sentence or two. That’s why we’re excited for indie developer Lone Duke Studio’s newest game: an isometric 16-bit voxel-based rogue-lite Metroidvania visual novel MMORPG. Here’s why you too should be excited about Super Love Highschool Lightning Sword II 3D: Battle Royale.
“We were trying to figure out what we wanted to do for our new game, and it just occurred to us,” says studio head Sam Jenkins. “Why not take every title that’s ever existed, remove Bubsy 3D, and mash them all into one game? There’s a little something for everybody. It’s a platforming, visual novel and voxel-based
“We like to think of it as the spiritual revival of a mix between the Banjo Kazooie games, the Lord of the Rings franchise, and Saving Private Ryan. With a bit of Dance Dance Revolution sprinkled in there. It’s like the gameplay of Candy Crush, but with the emotional toll of seeing your entire squadron die and knowing it was your fault.
“Know what? I’m not even going to lie. There’s some Bubsy 3D in here too.”
So if you’re ready to save the lava princess from the WWII-era lizard pirates and restore peace to an alternate history version of feudal space Japan, make sure to check out Super Love Highschool Lightning Sword II 3D: Battle Royale. And, if you haven’t tried any of Lone Duke Studio’s other games, why not try their other title from this year, Minesweeper For Windows 10.