Twin Otter Studios’ tactical RPG starring two lovers on the run while their respective nations hinge on the brink of war has managed to nearly reach its halfway point on the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter. The game rests at $44,000 out of the $90,000 goal that the indie studio composed of a brother and sister duo are looking to accrue to bring their 16-bit inspired homage to life.
Arcadian Atlas is like nice throwback to the age of tactical role-playing titles where the landscape, the skills and the party all played a part in the success (or failure) of a battle.
The game could best be described as Final Fantasty: Tactics meets a Tales of title. The concept revolves around battling opponents using a variety of skills, abilities and items to outwit and out-fight those trying to bury you six feet under. Each character can be upgraded or equipped with various items and abilities to make them as efficient as possible during battle.
You can check out the Kickstarter pitch video for Arcadian Atlas below.
The battle environments will play as big a part in the combat as the characters and their skillset, giving gamers a diverse range of opportunities to exercise their tactical muscles.
But it’s not just about the mechanics (though, admittedly that makes up for a large part of the appeal of the game) it’s also about the aesthetics, both visually and musically.
Thankfully, composer Moritz P.G. Katz has the soundtrack all worked out in a way that has instantly given Arcadian Atlas its own unique blend of hip funk meets classical adventure tunes. I wish I could embed the music into the article but it would require a bit of coding wizardry beyond the time necessary to make it happen.
Anyway, I love the old-school appeal of Arcadian Atlas. The more intimate and personal story is a nice step away from having to save the planet from a world eater, and the isometric, tactical tile-based combat is good way to mix up the typical turn-based JRPG active battle systems some of the other new-school, retro-styled role-playing games have been gunning for.
If you think Arcadian Atlas is something that you feel deserves to be on the market, feel free to scope out the Kickstarter page. Learn more about the developers, learn more about the game and read up on if this is something you would be interested in.