So, according to most games the future of the human race doesn’t look so bright. If it’s not aliens or machines sending us back to the dark ages it’s global epidemics. In the case of DieCrypter it’s the year 2025, and a deadly virus has drastically cut the average human lifespan to 25 years. To prolong this stunted lifespan scientists have miraculously found a way to preserve the body of humans and allow them to continue living indefinitely inside NEKUR (virtual reality). Within this VR realm each human is given control of an Avatar and they continue living their lives in a peaceful virtual world safe from nasty viruses and all that gunk. If you’re thinking of The Matrix, we’re in the same boat.
Now, such a game might not be fun unless a certain substance hits the fan, and hit the fan it does. You, the player, are the antagonist in DieCrypter. You’re a human being, you have been preserved in NEKUR, and you have your own avatar. For an unknown reason your Avatar has glitched, which initially sounds quite harmless. However, the glitch has altered your human psyche, which has caused you to go quite berserk. As a glitch in a once perfect system, you’re now an enemy of NEKUR, and the VR system seeks your violent removal.
The result is a single player, 3D Top-Down, stealth, tactical, action game for the PC, Mac, and Linux. Now, let’s talk gameplay. The game primarily revolves around stealth. It’s your role to navigate the antagonist through the gameworld without being detected by enemies, the AI that stalk each level. Any violent confrontations with the AI carries a significant amount of risk and often leads to your character’s demise. You do have tools to defend yourself, such as a blaster and katana, but it’s best to relegate yourself to the shadows and make use of your abilities and environment to move through each level. Hide around walls, make noise to distract enemies, and make use of mines, baits, and static grenades, to evade and neutralize threats with minimal risk.
Detection triggers an alarm, which begins an alert mode, which in turn necessitates some swift evasion until either you escape or are destroyed by your robotic pursuers. It’s all basic stealth-action gameplay (picture an extremely simple version of Metal Gear Solid) in a futuristic setting dominated by colorful right-angled blocks.
DieCrypter is very simple, but it is quite fun. Different puzzle elements (doors, switches, moving blocks) break up the stealth-orientated gameplay, and upgrades purchased with digital coins allow some progression for your glitched Avatar. These features, combined with the stealth gameplay and the refreshing art-style mean it could be a fun little jaunt for you indie gamers in need of a stealth fix. As of now the game is still in development so keep an eye out for it’s release, but in the meantime, try out the demo to see if this upcoming indie title is worth breaking out the wallet. And as always, for more information on DieCrypter and other indie titles stick to Techzwn.com.