It’s the latest from “Airtight Games,” the studio behind last year’s “Quantum Conundrum” and the latest brainchild of “Portal” designer Kim Swift, and it features afros and the undead.
The OUYA-exclusive is “a randomly generated, dungeon-crawler with rhythm-based combat set in a fantasy universe where the genres of 70’s Funk and Soul has melded with Norse mythology.” Which is a lot to take in. The lead character is the unlikely viking Magnus Jones, who died in battle, only to be resurrected by Odin to prevent Loki from kicking off Ragnarok. Think of it as “Thor” as filtered through a PG “Black Dynamite.” They even homage Tom Jung’s original poster for the 70’s classic “Super Fly” in their promotional art for the game.
When the Valkyries arrive to bring him to Valhalla, the hottest club in Yggdrasil, they discover that Magnus has been left off the guest list–and won’t be invited to Ragnarok, the party that’ll end the world. Magnus must fight his way up the World Tree to salvage his reputation as the baddest Viking in town, and gain access to Valhalla.
Airtight is moving away from the first-person puzzle games into new territory and it should be interesting to see how this particular vision develops. It’s also an attempt by the OUYA to position itself as the home of the hot indies. “Soul Fjord” looks fun and all, but they really need to snag the “Hotline Miamis” and “Divekicks” of the downloadable scene if they’re really going to draw in the skeptical (me).
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