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RPGs Coming This Week, 5/5/24

Screenshot of Cryptmaster, one of several RPGs coming this week

On this edition of RPGs Coming This Week: cute and spoopy, sometimes even both in the same game. Seriously, developers are really starting to get creative with their concepts, and the three new releases this week exemplify that perfectly. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Plushie from the Sky – May 6th (Windows)

Screenshot of Plushie from the Sky, one of several RPGs coming this week

In the wake of Another Crab’s Treasure, we’re getting another “Souls-cute” in the form of Plushie from the Sky. This new game, from solo developer fishwind, actually takes cues from Little Witch Nobeta, a bright and colorful Souls-like slash shooter that was released a few years ago. Frankly, I’m ashamed we (read: I) overlooked Nobeta, so I’m determined to give PFTS the attention it deserves.

Fishwind took over three years to create PFTS, and the results are impressive. The environments are gorgeous and varied, and the gameplay seems quite fast-paced and intense. You play as a little angel girl whose primary means of defense is a teddy bear, so expect to do a lot of whacking (and dodge rolling, blocking, and parrying, fishwind says). If you’re worried the game is a little too cute, the enemies do get creepy with their glowing eyes and general shadowy vibes.

Even if PFTS isn’t your jam, I recommend visiting its Steam page. The system requirements section is a hoot.

by Gio Castillo

Cryptmaster – May 9th (Windows)

If you’re looking for something different this week, Cryptmaster has you covered. While its striking black-and-white art style is the first thing you notice, this is a game for fans of dungeon crawlers, language, and creativity. Exploration, combat, and puzzles are word-based, and in my time playing it, I learned Cryptmaster is designed to accept all manner of responses to open-ended questions like, “How would you describe the sun?” Discovering what may and may not work in a given situation is a fun challenge, but the incredible voice work of the Cryptmaster himself — and his well-written dialogue and snarky responses — may be the star here. I think the devs know that, since the game’s trailers are even set in-world and narrated by the titular character (see above). Look for our review soon!

by Mike Salbato

King Arthur: Legion IX – May 9th (Windows)

Screenshot of King Arthur: Legion IX, one of several RPGs coming this week

King Arthur: Legion IX is a follow-up to King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, a gritty, somewhat spooky strategy RPG that plays around with Arthurian legend. We thought Knight’s Tale was excellent on nearly all fronts, especially for the turn-based tactics, visuals, and multiple story paths. So far, there’s no reason to believe this new game will be any less great.

The first game already had a pretty unusual premise, but Legion IX takes the craziness a step further by adding an immortal zombie legion to the mix. It’s your job to restore Roman domination of England, and that likely means bringing the forces of mythical Avalon to heel. Ahh, I wet myself a little just writing that. On the gameplay side of things, I’m most excited about the returning base-building elements. (Can you tell I’m a Suikoden fan?)

by Gio Castillo

Also Coming This Week

The Night of the Rabbit – May 8th (Switch)

Eleven years after (yes, that long ago) the initial PC and macOS release, the magical tale of the award-winning The Night of the Rabbit is coming this week to Nintendo Switch. This adventure point-and-click title from Daedalic Entertainment offers a multifaceted narrative with outstanding visuals, exceptional voice acting, relaxing music, and straightforward puzzles. Find out more with our review of the PC version. 

by Tin Manuel

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Gio Castillo

Gio Castillo

Gio is a writer and editor with a deep fondness for role-playing and management games. He lives in the Philippines with two cats he loves dearly.

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