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After a fresh pixel-art action-adventure? Look no further than Astalon: Tears of the Earth, which just released recently with Linux support from LABS Works and DANGEN Entertainment.

Set in a dying world "where life is cruel", with death apparently just being a stepping stone towards something else. Full of various creatures to slay down, powerful artifacts to find, puzzles to solve and a story about "friendship and sacrifice, building up the courage to take down giants to protect the weak and powerless". Certainly sounds like it could be quite interesting. Seems it's scored quite well around the web, with a great 88 score on Metacritic and user reviews on Steam seem to be quite positive about it too.

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Features:

  • Relive the glory days of 8-bit action-adventure through beautifully detailed, authentic pixel art set in a dark, fantastic world! Astalon features the progressive exploration of an interconnected world with the swiftness and quick rhythm of a room-by-room action platformer.
  • Original character design by Ryusuke Mita, creator of world-famous manga Dragon Half!
  • Play at your own pace -- explore thoroughly and build your characters strengths, or use risky methods to slice your way up the tower furiously!
  • Switch between your heroes and utilize the unique abilities of a warrior, archer and wizard to progress through the game.
  • Battle against a large assortment of different enemies, giant monsters, and epic bosses! Choose the right hero to find the weaknesses of the creatures that stand in your way!
  • Upgrade your characters’ abilities and change the course of destiny by making deals with Epimetheus -- the Titan of Death.
  • Collect a variety of incredible artifacts such as the “Sword of Mirrors” that will bestow your characters with new abilities and open new possibilities.
  • Use campfires to save your progress, change characters, and discover details about the heroes’ pasts.
  • Hundreds of rooms to discover -- hours of challenging exploration with a plethora of unlockables and secrets to reward the most inquisitive players!
  • Experience an exciting soundtrack of chiptune music composed by Matt Kap, spanning over 30 pieces of music!

You can buy it on GOG, Humble Store and Steam.

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2 comments

M@GOid 8 Jun
I hope this one is not a "hardcore" game. After finishing Cyber Shadow and Dead Cells in a roll, I'm looking for something less masochistic, with a descent difficult curve that will not cause ulcers in average players like me.
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