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Above Snakes is an indie title that is currently being used as a demo during the steam Next festival, which runs until June 22nd this week.
This challenging survival game was developed by Tobias Schnackenberg and published by Crytivo and is unique in its main game mechanics: you choose the tiles that you want to place and explore.
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I’ll start by making this game look great. The art style is clean, sharp and fits the overall aesthetic of the Old West. While some of the music is a little upsetting at times, other tracks also go well with the atmosphere of the game.
In terms of gameplay, Above Snakes really stands out here. You are a solo character who appears on a single space. There is no direction so do what needs to be done: start hitting trees and rocks just like any good survival game.
Then the world begins to expand. Each tile costs a few logs and stones to buy, and you have a choice of what to place: buildings, deserts, forests, etc. There are over 25 different tiles in 10 different biomes, and that’s only in the demo .
It is very important to control hunger, thirst, mental health, and fatigue. Every time you unlock a new tile, a huge chunk is drained from each status, which means you have to strike a balance between unlocking new tiles and actually surviving.
It was the excitement of discovering a new tile that made the game so fun. For example, if you unlock a trading post, you might be rewarded with a medicinal tonic, a water trough to top up your water, and a bucket of apples. There are also tiles with little huts with a bed on them, which is perfect if you haven’t gotten around to building a tent yet.
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The fight in the current form of the game is a bit rudimentary. At first it wasn’t clear how to deal with wolves, but eventually you’ll unlock a longbow that activates when you’re in an enemy’s control zone (appears in a large fiery ring).
Overall, Above Snakes shows a tremendous promise. The way the game organically unfolds in front of you is very rewarding. Although I’ve died a few times (finding the balance between unlocking tiles and finding enough food and water is literally a killer), I kept going back to see what I could do differently.