If you feel like trying out a roleplaying game (RPG) in classic 2D style, feel free to take a look at CrossCode. Developer Radical Fish Games released a demo that is available both as a download and playable in a browser.
CrossCode is seen from a top-down view and is presented in some tight and colorful pixel art. There’s a cyberpunk vibe throughout the whole thing, as the story is about protagonist Lea, who wanders into a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game from the distant future.
While the game focuses on RPG content, there are also puzzle and platform sections involved. That makes it reminiscent of games like Alundra, which appended the traditional adventures with some skill play.
Quite like that example, however, platform elements in top down games with 3D space usually lead to some issues, so hopefully the developers are hard at work to relieve any dimension confusion.
There’s also a huge character enhancement grid in CrossCode. Same goes for equipment, items and so on.
Combat looks rather frenetic. It has all the flash of arcade titles, with tons of damage numbers flying around. As to what you’ll be facing, here’s an excerpt:
CrossCode is full of awesome: huge hostile cyborg crabs, a seaman with a jetpack and head-banging meerkats.
Radical Fish Games states that the game would already be in development for two years. The studio would look to let people fund CrossCode in February 2015.
It’s certainly cute enough to work. Hopefully, the demo will make people anxious to get this thing to release.