Brut@l is something as uncommon as a ASCII dungeon crawler, now you sit back and you think hard for a second when that genre was last mentioned nowadays. Now that you realize how rare this is let us explain to you why Brut@l is a game you should at least check out
Brut@l is, as they will tell you themselves: “ ..a modern re-imagining of the classic ASCII dungeon crawler, fusing old-school gaming with a stunning 3D visual style to create something unique for PlayStation 4 and PC” and truer words have never been spoken, because that is exactly what Brut@l is.
With four different heroes to choose from, Amazon, Mage, Ranger and Warrior and a randomly generated world made out of nothing but ASCII there enough nostalgia here for any nerd to implode with excitement already.
Now I can see the problem with a release like this as most gamers don't even know what ASCII is, so sit back and tilt your chair a bit because it is history time. “ASCII abbreviated from American Standard Code for Information Interchange, is a character encoding standard (the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) prefers the name US-ASCII). ASCII codes represent text in computers, telecommunications equipment, and other devices. Most modern character-encoding schemes are based on ASCII, although they support many additional characters.” Wait! Are you nodding off??
Alright, fine... Forget ASCII, just think of it as an amazingly nerdy art style and you'll be fine. So back to the game itself. You are set in this randomly generated world and your mission is to reach level 26 where a guardian is waiting to take you out, like literally take you out, he wants your blood, meaning the final boss awaits you. Now level 26 doesn't sound like much does it but the trick is you start out with nothing but a torch, and to top that off, the torch isn't even lit...
The game has permadeath, but the switch here is that Brut@l has a save state, meaning you can leave the game and pick up where you left if you need to run out. I like to think this option is here because anyone who knows of ASCII is probably a grown-up by now and have grown-up stuff to do and can't spend hours upon hours in front of the TV.
The game has some other mechanics that I actually do not want to discuss simply because I feel most of the joy of the game is the discovery and the journey itself and not especially the goal like in so many other games. I just want you to at least check out videos of this game if you are the slightest interested after reading this. Also, the people over at StormCloud Games seems like good, hard-working people that lookout for their fans so go check them out! And if you like what they do support them as we need more developers like this in this industry.