Watch out for all the sand.
“Noita another roguelite!” I here you say. Fear not, roguelite-fatigue-haver, Noita is absolutely worth platforming for. If the pixel artstyle has grabbed your attention too, you might be interested to know that in this action-roguelite, “every pixel is physically simulated”. What does this mean? Well, the devs were clearly anticipating this question as they give a handy outline on their website:
“Basically every pixel in Noita is made of some material. The different materials are simulated. E.g. Water will behave like a liquid, gasses will rise, sand will pile up, rigid bodies will rigid body… In addition to that we run simplified simulations of various chemical reactions, electricity, thermodynamics and so on.”
This must be why the movement of the environment is so mesmerising to watch, and its the caught the attention of redditers too.
To create this unique environment, the developers Nolla Games (which includes Arvi Teikari, developer of Baba is You, Olli Harjola, developer of The Swapper, and Petri Purho, developer of Crayon Physics Deluxe) made a “Falling Everything engine”. The team detail on their site: “Falling Everything Engine is an in-house labor of love. A true love child. Handcrafted in the finest C++ without exceptions, using only hand picked, organic, free license libraries.”
When you bundle these elements together, its pretty easy to see why this game took the team a little while to bring to early access release. In this fragile world, players use magic spells to fight, explore, melt, burn, freeze and evaporate their way through the procedurally generated environment. The spells you use you can create yourself as you explore through the depths of the dungeon. How you go about this isn’t entirely clear, but we look forward to finding out.
Noita is releasing into early access on September 24th. To keep updated with the game, take a look at its Steam page.
Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.