So, what could possibly be worse than a Survival-horror romp? A Survival-horror game having a baby with a Rogue-lite then making you babysit the newly created terrifying abomination. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is completely my opinion, based purely on my adoration and understanding of everything with the word rogue in it and my general dislike of being frightened. I can’t imagine anything I’d rather do less than indulge in a horror game knowing it’s going to be different every time I play. For fear fans amongst you, however, this has to be a dream come true. If that’s the case, TOXICANT may well be right up your alley.
TOXICANT is, as I’ve just mentioned, a Rogue-lite Survival-horror game due to hit your screens on March 5th. Some of you might already know a bit about this title because it’s been in Early Access for six months and has already received a bunch of major updates. For those of you that don’t, you can find out a bit more over on Steam. Just a heads up on this; the game is coming in at $9.99, but if you grab it in the first week, you’ll get a 10% discount.
In true horror fashion, they aren’t giving us a summary of TOXICANT‘s plot. So, sorry, you’ll have to figure that one out for yourselves. We are being told you’ll uncover information by finding the miner’s notes and secret documents in the game. A conspiracy has gone lethally wrong but that and the fact you’re investigating a horror-filled mine is the sum total of what we know.
Keeping in the theme, you’ll be using items like compasses, maps, beacons, and the MonPro 2000 to help you navigate the depths of the mines. You’ll need all the help you can get, too. Remember how I said this is a Rogue-lite? Yeah, that means the levels and therefore the terrors lurking in them are randomized. They’ll also be getting increasingly more difficult the deeper into the mines you explore. Thinking a good memory and decent situational awareness are going to help you here is dangerous; neither will mean anything to you in TOXICANT.
You’re probably wondering what sort of an arsenal you’re going to be getting if you’re facing this terrifying task? Well, that’s entirely up to you. If you can find some mining equipment to use as a weapon, or even if you get lucky a shield, all the better. If you can’t find anything, how does a board with a nail in it sound? You’re also being given a bunch of consumable items to help you on your way. TOXICANT is offering you a menu of expired canned food, toxic mushrooms, rancid wine, and more! Loads there to keep you healthy, right?
Well, I have to say this sounds absolutely delightful! If you like horror games and don’t value your own sanity. Personally, you’re more than welcome to all the blood-curdling screams TOXICANT is likely to bring. I’ll be doing something else, a long way from you crazy people who get a kick out of this sort of thing.
Hailing from Southport England, Alex started his gaming career in the late 80s on a Commodore 64. Since that time he's either owned or played on virtually every console released. Alex happens to...