Into The Pit (2021) – Boop Show 308 Show Notes

Into The Pit
Brian – What a time to be alive! I loaded this week’s game I played to my Console and PC from my phone on my lunch break and when I got home…i just freaking played.
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___RELEASING THIS WEEK___
Moonglow Bay (Oct 26, 2021)
DEVELOPER: Bunnyhug
PUBLISHER: Coatsink
Xbox Day One, Steam
In Moonglow Bay, you play as a rookie angler, working together with friends, family, and neighbours to hone your fishing skills, nourish relationships, and restore a remote town’s fractured community.

Moonglow Bay is set along the Eastern Canadian coastline during the 1980s and offers players a diverse and emotionally charged story, complemented by a relaxing, slice-of-life fishing RPG.

Whether playing solo or with a friend in drop-in-drop-out local co-op, you’ll need to cook your catch of the day, then sell a variety of recipes to upgrade your shop, gear, and fishing boat.

Combining a playful voxel art style with a sumptuous soundtrack, your journey is split into several distinct story arcs featuring a fully-inhabited town to traverse and the potential for epic encounters with the rumoured Mystical Monsters of Moonglow.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1361400/Moonglow_Bay/
Happy Game (Oct 28, 2021)
DEVELOPER: Amanita Design
PUBLISHER: Amanita Design
Steam, Switch ($13.13) <- These guys
A little boy falls asleep to a horrible nightmare. Can you make him happy again?

– Brand new psychedelic horror adventure from the creators of Botanicula and CHUCHEL
– Endure and escape three unforgettable nightmares
– Solve deeply disturbing puzzles in (not so) charming environments
– Deal with suspicious smiley faces and pink bunnies
– Creepy songs and screeches from the Czech freakfolk band DVA

MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION
The developers describe the content like this:

A small percentage of people may experience discomfort or seizures when exposed to flashing lights, so please be cautious if you are sensitive to either flashing imagery, blood, or violence. There’s rarely anything but that to see in Happy Game.

Happy Game also depicts various fantasy characters participating in highly absurd comical violence. You’ll often see blood on the floor (best case scenario), witness the decapitation of adorable bunnies, and much more. No filter.

Please note: Happy Game is not a happy game.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1206060/Happy_Game/
Defend the Rook (26 Oct, 2021)
DEVELOPER: One Up Plus
PUBLISHER: Goblinz Publishing, Maple Whispering Limited
Steam/GOG
A roguelike tactics board combat combined with tower defense elements. Defeat the invading hordes to stay alive and save the land! Enjoy more tactics than a normal TD game, combined with the added challenge of building towers and fighting off waves of enemies!

To survive you’ll need to utilize more than just your heroes wit and prowess! Careful placement of towers and upgrades will be necessary to ensure victory.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1531250/Defend_the_Rook/
Backups YOU CAN SKIP THESE UNLESS WE NEED A TRADE OUT FOR ABOVE
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1484720/Dead_Estate/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1435790/Escape_Simulator/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1069640/This_Land_Is_My_Land/
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BRIAN GAME of the week
Into The Pit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJm4_mumen0&list=PL6ASN0Q71IVp7Uw7QUTLvm0OUI7NUEiGu
DESCRIPTION
A fast-paced retro-FPS roguelite! As a member of a family of lore-hunting mystics you are summoned to a cursed village, drawn by rumors of a demonic portal. Dark magics have overwhelmed the village, It’s up to you to rescue the survivors, grow your powers, and journey forth INTO THE PIT.

As members of a family of lore-hunting mystics, you and your cousin Luridia separately wander the land following rumors of occult power. After discovering a demonic pit in a nearby village, Luridia’s once prolific letters grow silent.

Something has gone terribly wrong.

Now it is up to you to journey to the desolate hamlet under dark eldritch skies. What did Luridia discover? And what great power has this village unearthed?
PLATFORM
GamePass Ultimate Xbox/PC
DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER:
DEVELOPER: Nullpointer Games
PUBLISHER: Humble Games
RELEASE DATE:
2021-10-19
VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJm4_mumen0
Me Playing – Do you think you could play the audio (at low volume) to the game when we play the video for the stream? It is muted enough that I think the podcast listeners would enjoy it as background music and may help set the mood.
AUDIO CLIPS
https://studiom80.com/brian/boopshow-308-intothepit-part-1.mp3
^ Launch Trailer Audio
https://studiom80.com/brian/boopshow-308-intothepit-part-2.mp3
^ Game Play Audio
HOW LONG TO BEAT
Nobody Knows…yet
https://howlongtobeat.com
IS THERE ANY DEALS
12.74 on Fanatical ($15 Steam) | Part of the Xbox Game Pass
https://isthereanydeal.com/game/intopit/info/
EXPERIENCE:
Oh hi, is this a Rouglike FPS Shooter where you have the hands of a wizard and the heart of a warrior! Will you need to Collect runes and keys to determine which beasts you will face in the pit when you summon it!? Are you shuffled a rotating number of instances that you have to choose at an alter…this way or that… focusing on collecting specific motes to collect…with some motes being transient and others being something you can take back to town eventually. Wealth! Get more wealth! Who cares about shuffling your potential upgrades when you complete an alter. I certainly didn’t…and look at me…I’m ready to go back into the pit again! Each level of the pit (so far) has 4 alters. When you complete and alter you get a choice of an upgrade to the ability tied to your left or right hand or to your defenses. Usually a buff…sometimes a replacement. Pick between long range, short range, focused, scattered and intensity/power/rate…it gets complicated but the results are really important. especially as you stack those buffs to go deeper into the pit!
Boop’s Patented 10 Point Rating System
Art/Animation: I really did the style. Everything is cover in a neon haze over some Doom/Quake styled levels.
Music/Effects: The music is hardcore! The effects are otherworldy. Ding Ding…Ding Ding…
V/O: Nope
World Building: It is a pretty small world full of horror set in a sort of Dark Ages town that caps off THE PIT!
Currency/Loot: Motes, Keys, Power Effects
AI/NPCs: NPCs are on magnets. Get close enough and they are coming to get you.
Controls: Played with keyboard and mouse primarily. Controller was too slow for me even at top sensitivity.
Interface/HUD: Pretty limited interface and hud
Replay/Endgame: It is a Roguelike that involves run after run. You play it until it is no longer fun. Come back later…maybe
Pros
– Looks good. Nostalgia with a luminescent haze to make it all feel new and exciting…until it doesn’t…DOOOM
– Easy to hop in and play! A lot of fun. At first.
Cons
– Stupid enviromental objects that stop my flow. I WANT TO FLOW DAMNIT!
– Progression is slow.
– I could use just a little bit more handholding.
Score:
7.5 What the hell was that out of 10 oh it’s just a flying flaming skull
LINKS
https://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=Into The Pit
https://www.igdb.com/search?type=1&q=Into The Pit
LEARN MORE
Tags: First-person shooter, Roguelike, Indie game
SCOTT GUESS MY GAME
HINT: 1992, SNES
BRIAN GUESS MY GAME
https://brian.studiom80.com/boop308-thegamename.mp3
hint:1991
Next Week (optional)
SCOTT: Echo Generation
BRIAN: They Always Run
FEEDBACK
QUESTION(S)
Hey Scott and Brian. Love the show, please keep it up. When was the last time you played an indie game that you also felt would be game of the year if you could pick it?

Thanks for all you do!

– Dupeless
RESPONSES
Scott:
Brian: Potion Craft!