Should I be excited about… Rack N Ruin (PC)
“Countless stars twinkle in the void of space. The vast sum of which are simply lifeless searing balls, but amongst the many, there lay the vessels for life bearing worlds. Each world is a fruit, ripe for the plucking by the ever reaching claw of Ruin.”
The premise of Rack N Ruin breeds interest through it’s unorthodox protagonist – a non-hero called Rack whom is out to make the moral choice of either listening to his base urges destruction and chaos, or saving his hide by obeying his master’s desires to corrupt and conquer.
Rack N’ Ruin is a charmingly put together top down Action Adventure game directed by the talented former Blizzard artist Tyler Hunter and his team at LifeSpark Entertainment. In it, the player must fight their way through hordes of enemies, solve deviously challenging puzzles and take down dangerous guardians on their way to corrupting the planet. The simplest way to describe Rack N Ruin would be to call it an evil twisted homage to the classic Legend of Zelda.
As the player controlling Rack, you have the option of three weapons: A basic ranged fireball, a sword swung in wide arcs and a chain lightning attack with limited use. Asides from these you collect a variety of demonic themed items, from the simple health (blood) potion to a spinal chord for your little demon lord to chew on to increase his speed for a duration.
The developer promises much more in the full game – upgradeable magic powers to enhance the RPG aspects and a corruptible landscape to represent your impact on the gameworld are just two of the offerings in the exciting list of features to be added to Rack N’ Ruin.
The art and sound of Rack N’ Ruin is where the game really shines. Not only are they incredibly beautiful on their own, but they come together and compliment each other so well that they really bring the game to life. The developers claim that all of the environments have been hand-painted in HD and, to their credit, they are absolutely gorgeous. Similarly the character art and animations are a sight to behold. Equally, so the game’s orchestral soundtrack gives it that extra little epic feel to the whole experience.
With so much to enjoy in just the alpha build of Rack N’ Ruin, there’s a lot to get excited about for the future of this project – especially if the developers follow through on their plans. I can honestly say that if you’re looking for a solid, quality gaming experience then you should definitely get excited for Rack N’ Ruin.