Preview: Miasma Caves (Steam Early Access)

Miasma Caves is a pacifist roguelike game where you play as Lesath, a treasure hunter looking to appraise relics and revitalize her village in a procedurally generated cave system against the environment itself.

Cons:

  • Controller support.
  • PlayStation 1 looking graphics.
  • 5 save slots.
  • 1356MB download size.
  • First and third person views.
  • Simple gameplay loop-find treasure and sell it.
  • Can dig out walls and floors.
  • Drag and drop inventory.
  • Minimap.
  • Overworld where you can sell items and chat with NPC.
  • Make money and buy new items/tools like treasure trackers and ropes.
  • Randomly generated cave systems.

Cons:

  • Only resolution and windowed graphics option.
  • The controller doesn’t work for everything.
  • No tutorials.
  • Long loading times.
  • One song on loop.
  • Screen tearing is frequent.
  • Slow pace.
  • A lot of game crashes.
  • Feels flat and uneventful.
  • Cave system is bland.

Summary

OK Miasma Caves is an early access game and this is just a preview, but atm it’s hard to know what this game actually is. It’s got less content than a demo and the performance of beta, it’s just way too early to really judge it as I haven’t quite worked out where it is going or what it wants to be. Much to say in its present state it did little to keep my attention.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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