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Vaporum: A steampunk-based dungeon crawler

I was poking around looking at the games that are releasing soon and came across one that seems to include a few of my favorite things: dungeons, steampunk aesthetics, and adventure.

About Vaporum
Vaporum is a grid-based, single-player dungeon crawler game, that uses a first-person perspective in an original steampunk setting. The game is inspired by old-school games like Dungeon Master I and II, the Eye of the Beholder series and the more recent Legend of Grimrock I and II. Stranded in the middle of an ocean, in front of a gigantic tower, the hero must find out what the place is, what happened there, and most importantly, who he is.

Reading the above description, I could not help but get a mental comparison going to the opening sequence of BioShock. Looking at the first screenshot I saw only emphasized the feel.

The developer lists the following key features of the game:

  • Fight in real time – First-person real-time combat with deadly foes with varied abilities and behaviours.
  • Fully voiced main characters – Find out what happened to the inhabitants of the tower with fully voiced phono-diaries kept by the main story’s protagonists.
  • Tonnes of customisation options – The gadget-based RPG system allows you to evolve your exoskeleton and define your own playstyle.
  • Absorb fumium from defeated enemies – Unlock additional circuits in your exoskeleton and gain new bonuses and skills.
  • Plenty of Puzzles – Solve level-wide objectives and puzzles that vary in difficulty.
  • Exploration and loot – Look for optional passages filled with additional challenges and rewards.
  • What happened in the mysterious tower? – A storyline full of dark secrets and unexpected twists.
  • Tactical Combat – Use various attacks and read your opponents – each enemy has a different set of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Immersive steampunk setting – Beautiful graphics, stunning sound design and an atmosphere that makes you aware of the constant danger lurking around every corner.

Vaporum will be released on different dates for different formats, listed below along with the prices given by the developer:

  • Nintendo Switch (digital): 11th April 2019, ($24.99/ €24.99/ £19.99)
  • PlayStation 4 (digital) EU: 10th April 2019 (€24.99/ £19.99)
  • PlayStation 4 (digital) US: 9th April 2019 ($24.99)
  • Xbox One (digital): 10th April 2019 ($24.99/ €24.99/ £19.99)

The game also promises to have a puzzle system, which is another thing that I love. The puzzles are noted to be level-wide objectives where you will need to use both your wits and reflexes. Most of the riddles are contained in a single room, but there are also progression objectives that will span entire levels, or even multiple ones.

Given a better internet connection and more funds to test out games I would love to be able to try these puzzles out, but given my limitations I would love to hear what others think about the puzzles and encounters in this game, please share your experience in the comments.

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