Loot River, the game ‘Diablo and Tetris had a baby’ is available today

loot river was revealed in 2021 to be the offspring of the pixel-art dungeon crawler we would have “if Diablo and Tetris had a baby.” There was no release date set at the time, and developer straka.studio just said it would arrive soon. Until today, that’s it – because now it’s out.

But first of all: what exactly would happen if Diablo and Tetris had a baby? In this particular case, real-time combat is a top-down roguelike adventure that takes place in procedurally generated mazes constructed of shifting geometric shapes. You’ll fight your way through the monstrous hordes like an old-time hero, but you’ll also be able to further bolster your skills by taking advantage of the fluid landscape: slide alongside a monster on a distant block, give it the old one-two, and then slide to away before he can react.

It’s a simple but clever twist on the familiar formula: you’ll have access to a variety of weapons, items, and abilities that will allow you to delve deeper and deeper into the catacombs, but mobility and using whatever geometry you’re standing on is clearly going to be a big part of success and survival.

In fact, as you can see in this 2021 clip, sometimes you can get the job done just through clever tetra-manipulation: lead the bad guys on a chase, isolate them, and get what you came for.

It’s not the most obvious mashup I’ve ever seen, but I think it looks smart – and really pretty too: you can get a closer look at how it all works in the overview trailer below. Loot River is now available at Steam 10% off the regular price of $25/£20/€25.

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