This past weekend the developers behind 2020’s Monster Train, Shiny Shoe, opened up access to a pre-alpha build of their upcoming title Inkbound. So, I hopped into the game with three friends to test the waters and see what Shiny Shoe is cooking up.
HIGH More Shovel Knight and new Knights!
LOW The platforming isn’t as precise as the original.
WTF The moment I accidentally rolled credits.
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HIGH Great mechanics, great characters.
LOW The boss of level 6.
WTF An extended streak of terrible luck running at the final level.
Come for the Mutants, Stay For The Man-Eating Plant
HIGH Fast action, precise controls.
LOW Enemies are damage sponges to the point of absurdity.
WTF Why are Jenny’s feet so pointy?
Meet Interesting People And Punch Them Really Hard
HIGH Kicking ninjas off of a moving subway car.
LOW Getting the crap kicked out of me because I drew a lousy hand.
WTF Why do I have such terrible luck?
Descend, Die, Repeat
HIGH Satisfying, fast-paced combat.
LOW There isn’t a lot of unique content.
WTF What happened to my hands before I got here?
Die Die Die, My Darling
HIGH An interesting take on city-building gameplay with roguelike features.
LOW It might take a while to get the various mechanics down.
WTF Don’t get distracted or your city might burn to the ground!
Enter the Spell-Geon
HIGH Deep, satisfying mechanics.
LOW Vision-obscuring level layouts.
WTF RNG within RNG within RNG…
HIGH It’s a great mashup of genres.
LOW Eric, and how he’s handled.
WTF How is there not an ‘adult’ version of this for sale somewhere?