Is Captain Haddock included in the cast or is it just me?
The homage to 19th-century explorers and adventure RPG, Curious Expedition is getting a sequel and it looks set to be every bit as interstring as its predecessor. The announcement from German indie studio, Maschinen-Mensch comes as a welcome announcement among roguelike RPG fans.
I’m happy to see that Curious Expedition survived what is known as the “indiepocalypse”, and not only that but actually got the funding and popularity to receive a sequel that will allow us to embark on new adventures of discovery and survival.
Curious Expedition was launched for PC in September 2016 and is a rogue-like adventure RPG game where you take the role of one of several famous explorers and historical figures like Charles Darwin, Marie Curie and even Grigori Rasputin as we join them towards the discovery of uncharted places of the world, civilizations and, last but not least, big ol’ treasure.
Curious Expedition’s twist was represented by the inclusion of some Lovecraftian concepts like the role of sanity on a person’s observations of the world around them. There’s also the obvious presence of Howard Phillip himself as a playable character and the addition of eldritch horrors lurking around the world. This has been a common denominator in many games inspired by the famous American horror and fiction author and, curiously or not, something that Darkest Dungeon also had. Each explorer has different skills and strengths that help them survive and stay sane through their perilous journeys around the world, through which they’ll fight tribes and dangerous beasts, trade for food, water and other resources; as well as escape erupting volcanoes and mortal earthquakes.
Its pixel art-style and low-end visuals gave the whole experience a unique flavour, but this is where the developers seem to have poured most of their efforts in. Curious Expedition 2 will have a totally revamped graphic quality, something I hope helps provide a much more engaging experience.
Caves, temples and forests will now have a more high-res look, but that’s not the only thing that will change in this sequel. A brand new multiplayer mode will be available for players to challenge their friends to see who survives the most, although we’re yet to see how this is implemented within the game’s mechanics.
With a more graphic-novel look, new features and a multiplayer mode, Curious Expedition 2 seems to be everything fans of the first title wanted from that original experience. I personally loved the first Curious Expedition and its comedic style of storytelling, as well as the different quirks and ridiculous feats my companions would come up with while in the middle of evasive manoeuvres against a pack of dangerous animals in an unforgiving forest.
Finally, am I the only one that sees Captain Haddock in that image?
Our boy from Buenos Aires, Juan has been a gamer for as long as he can remember (and possibly even longer than that). He loves a good story, and believes every indie game has a compelling one to tell.