Ivan Panasenko’s polished pixel-art shooter Ailment got here out virtually precisely a 12 months in the past. It was a bonafide indie hit, and went on to be named one in every of the Best Indie Games of 2019 on Google Play.
The excellent news is that there’s a prequel: Endurance. And it’s out proper now.
Ailment was one in every of our favourite video games of final 12 months, thanks to its fashionable pixel-art presentation, Event Horizon-esque sci-fi horror environment, strong shooty gameplay, and – above all – its partaking narrative.
It noticed you taking part in as an astronaut who wakes up after a 3 day coma to uncover that his crewmates have changed into zomboid maniacs who need to kill him.
The purpose for this unlucky collective transformation is a thriller. All our hero can recall is happening a rescue mission to a ship earlier than his coma, to a medical analysis ship known as Endurance on which all of the crew had succumbed to a lethal virus.
Alone in deep area, and surrounded by killers, you spend your time in Ailment exploring the ship, killing zombies, and hooking up with fellow survivors to change witty dialogue.
Endurance – set, in fact, on the ship you had simply returned from in Ailment – follows the similar blueprint. There are puzzles to remedy, baddies to kill, and an entire ship to discover as you’re employed your manner in the direction of the inevitable conclusion of everyone dying besides you.
Once once more, Endurance is an excellent narrative expertise. Not solely will you share enjoyable dialogue with a various forged of characters, however you’ll meet wholesome individuals who have been zombies in Ailment, or characters who solely appeared in Ailment by way of overheard conversations. Ivan Panasenko is actually constructing a universe.
Endurance comprises an enormous array of weapons, a enjoyable forged of characters, brutal animations, loads of humor, and the sort of hardcore gameplay it’s onerous to discover on cell.
You can obtain Endurance on Google Play proper now (it’s additionally obtainable through the App Store).