Underrail seems like a trip back to when isometric turn-based RPGs were king and games like Fallout topped the sales charts and there’s finally a demo available, but what’s this one all about?
Stygian Software has been working on Underrail for a while, as the dev log shows, and the alpha 0.4.1 demo release allows everyone to get a taste of the game in its current state. Among other things, it features a deep character creation system that lets you play the game how you want to (more or less), including utilizing stealth over direct confrontation, pickpocketing and lock-picking your way into areas you were not meant to visit in the first place. Crafting also plays a big part, letting you construct all kinds of crazy gadgets, but also more common things like armour, weaponry and medical equipment; if you have the blueprints and required ingredients, that is.
The game is set in a distant future, when the life on the Earth’s surface has long since been made impossible and the remnants of humanity now dwell in the Underrail, a vast system of metro station-states that, it seems, are the last bastions of a fading race.
I’d say this one is looking very promising, even in its current (alpha) stage, and the lack of good turn-based isometric RPGs these days certainly doesn’t make Underrail less appealing, that’s for sure. It’s due for a release in the second half of 2013, but since the ~500 MB demo lets you enjoy a sizeable chunk of the game, why not grab it from IndieDB in the meantime?
For more information, head on over to the official website.