Blazing a trail to Switch this year
The Denver-based (Colorado, the US) indie games publisher Versus Evil and Timmins-based (Ontario, Canada) indie games developer Yarrow Games, today revealed a new trailer for their dice-based mystery-driven roguelike “Tamarak Trail,” which is coming to Switch in Q2 2023.
“Tamarak Trail” is a turn-based dice rolling roguelike where you customize dice with powerful abilities and explore a dangerous forest filled with events and monsters. As a member of a secret society named the Sturgeon Lodge it’s up to you to piece together the mystery of a decaying earth, hunt down the source of this corruption and put a stop to it at all costs.
Embarking on this adventure, you can choose one of three characters; The Magician, The Tracker or The Detective, each with their own class and abilities. Depending on your preferred playstyle, the skills and attributes allow you to craft a unique strategy for your character as they navigate the ominous trail. Procedurally generated paths create a myriad of different possibilities where you can encounter events, monsters, campsites, treasure and more. Every new discovery reveals new bonuses and strategies to explore. To combat the monsters and nefarious foes you will encounter, you have a variety of tactical options to attack directly, apply buffs and debuffs, inflict damage over time, defend yourself and much more. Dice are an integral part to both the combat system and player experience and provide both active and passive abilities. Dice rolls can combo for brutal attacks if the sides of the dice interact with each other. Dice can also be customized with more abilities after each victory, adding new layers to gameplay after every battle.
With a beautiful hand-drawn illustrative style, the game’s art direction has many inspirations, including the Group of Seven, the Canadian landscape painters of the 1920’s and illustrator Ivan Bilibin. Tamarak Trail takes its inspiration from roguelike deck builders like Slay the Spire, and pays homage to innovative titles like Dicey Dungeons and Peglin, which have influenced the game’s feel and mechanics. Add to that a diverse and horrific bestiary influenced by Northern Ontario’s wildlife, it culminates in a treacherous trail where danger and intrigue hides in every corner.