While hardly a looker, this is pretty unique roguelike RPG makes meticulous inventory management compelling
There’s nothing I love more than indie games that take ideas that seem to be weird, and on the surface would seem to be quite unexciting, and spin them into something sweet. Backpack Hero falls into that camp for me, taking the act of inventory management (among my most hated activities in gaming) and somehow throwing enough roguelike attributes into the mix to make spending a few minutes arranging everything well worth your time. While to some degree it’s a turn-based dungeon crawling RPG, the main event is really all about expanding your pack and carefully choosing everything you put in it and, more critically, where. Careful attention must be paid to attributes that will buff or nerf your other gear when put in proximity to one another, and to get the optimum layout it can take a bit of planning and experimentation. You’ll also want to be sure to pack with durability in mind for general skirmishes as well as fights against people who’ll pack a wallop given a chance. While perhaps a bit too tedious for the more action-oriented crowd, there can be an almost Zen-like state you get into when you see how to arrange everything perfectly that makes this a pretty one-of-a-kind roguelike.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]