The roguelite genre has seen a massive surge in popularity in recent years, with a few notables receiving widespread critical acclaim and sales to match. Given this kind of competition, a newcomer really needs to make its mark in order to stand out, and even in early access Voidigo is one to check out.

Voidigo is a roguelite through and through — gamers will loot-and-shoot their way through levels until they reach the end or die, after which the process starts over. Putting it in such simple terms doesn’t make it sound too exciting, but capturing the idea of endless, unique runs is what separates the wheat from the chaff in this genre, and Voidigo is one of the best I’ve seen at executing on it.

The level of variety — even in early access — outdoes many of its contemporaries, with uncomplicated level design allowing for great diversity even in the first stage of each run. This is further developed by the variety of weapons players can loot and wield, ranging from short swords to gatling guns, each with different mechanics and offering new options to the player.

The striking and colorful visuals compliment fast and frenetic combat that has the main character hopping over bullets and onto enemies’ heads while gunning them down or slicing them apart. With the variety of tools at the player’s disposal, every encounter offers numerous ways to approach it.

The visual design of Voidigo is fluid and eye-catching, making it easy to soak in what’s happening even during the most frantic moments of gameplay. Enemies and bosses alike present unique designs that manage to fit into the colorful, loot-filled environments.

What supports the combat’s high speed apart from the visuals is the decision to have attacks telegraphed not just by the enemies, but also with red outlines around the impending damage zone. Being able to see hitboxes directly before they activate gives players the chance to react that allows for battles to be fast and fluid without becoming frustrating, even in busier scenarios — although in the busiest moments, it can become hard to follow everything at once.

Voidigo stands out as a roguelite worth players’ time even in its current stage of early access, and with the promise of consistent updates with more content through at least the next year, its future looks bright.

— Mitch Zehe

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