Aggro Crab is a studio that has quickly built an image of not taking itself too seriously. After its fluorescent satirical dungeon crawler Going Under, where you battled the demons of failed tech startups, the studio published the equally bizarre ‘escape a weirdo on a train’ game Subway Midnight. But the out-of-order themes shouldn’t belie the artistic merits of these games: they’re full of stunning visuals and great ideas.
With a small but solid resume of the weird and surreal under its belt, a Soulslike where you guide a lone claw through a hostile but cute undersea world of sandcastles, bandits and bosses is pretty much par for the course. That’s what we have with Another Crab’s Treasure – a game that justifies its title by putting rubbish at the center of combat, as you grab old cracked mugs, cans, and what I’m sure are Yakult cups to use as shields, while old sporks apparently do. fine weapons.
Now, I love the whole ‘Shellslike’ wordplay in the trailer – that’s what convinced me to cover this game in the first place – but it also seems to have a bit of 3D platforming, as the trailer shows the crab jumping between jellyfish and at one point, staggering towards a wall using some sort of grappling hook. The developers have confirmed that while it makes fun of the Soulslike formula, it will also be a Soulslike game, with the challenges that entails.
We don’t know if this means that each boss in the game will take 40 tries to beat, or if the developers will decline any suggestion of an Easy Mode. What we do know is that you are on a quest to get your shell back, and along the way you will try to ‘bring down crabitalism’ – goals that I think we can all support.
Another Crab’s Treasure has just appeared on steambut it won’t be released until “Sometime in 2023”.