For those who want to rock, we’ve got a recreation for you. Battle Bands is a mash-up of genres, taking parts of deckbuilders, roguelikes, and battle royales, and wrapping all of it up in a rock ‘n’ roll package deal, offered in a loveable hand-drawn, late evening cartoon-inspired artwork fashion. By way of ardour and ingenuity, developer Aerie Digital has created one thing actually particular on this indie gem that can take a look at your mettle and rock your socks off in equal measure.
Set within the fantastical setting of Riff Metropolis, Battle Bands permits gamers to create their very own distinctive rocker and assemble a band along with different gamers (or bots) to embark on an epic musical journey. When you’ve customised your distinctive rocker with completely different hairstyles, outfits, and naturally, devices, there are two distinctive modes to discover, beginning with the marketing campaign – Tour Mode.
Because the identify suggests, Tour Mode sees your band hit the highway, taking part in venues round Riff Metropolis as you acquire gear, followers, money, and notoriety. There are not any simple gigs in Riff Metropolis, and each present could have you dealing with off in opposition to one other band in a fierce battle for musical superiority.
Construct up your decks from over 300 distinctive playing cards, representing actions like ‘Velocity Riff’, ‘Energy Chord’, or ‘Jazzy Motif’ and construct up ‘Hype’ factors all through your efficiency. Varieties of playing cards will fluctuate based mostly in your instrument of alternative, and you may decide from guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard. When you attain the Hype purpose, you’ll win the match – so long as your opponent doesn’t use their ultimate flip to catch up!
It’s not so simple as simply nailing your personal efficiency, although. You’ll additionally have to take down your opponents. To this finish, utilise playing cards like ‘Hurl Insults’, which is able to harm the opposite crew’s hype, permitting you to catch up or race forward of them. Naturally, the extra you play, the harder the rival bands will grow to be. After which there are the bosses, formidable adversaries that can take a look at each little bit of your musical mettle. To greatest these enemies, you’ll have to synchronise together with your bandmates to construct up an untouchable degree of hype. Experiment with plenty of completely different card sorts and mixtures to good your sound.
The roguelike-inspired format of the marketing campaign means that there’s virtually infinite replayability on supply right here. When you may not attain the ultimate boss in your first few makes an attempt, the extra you play, the extra you’ll study your manner round Riff Metropolis. By studying to hammer out guitar riffs, nail sick basslines, or create cool drum fills, you’ll finally grasp the difficult marketing campaign of Battle Bands, all of the whereas customising your deck with ever extra thrilling and various musically themed playing cards.
When you’ve obtained to grips with the fundamentals in Tour Mode, why not attempt to grow to be the perfect of the perfect in Royale Mode? This epic battle royale pits your quartet in opposition to 63 different bands in a fierce combat to the dying. Properly, not fairly to the dying – except after all, you kind a dying steel band! This mode will push your teamwork and creativity to the boundaries as you attempt to attain legendary standing. Royale Mode matches will final between 45 and 60 minutes, so seize some snacks, ensure your comms are so as, and prepare to rock!
Battle Bands utilises a seasonal format, permitting you to earn new cosmetics to customize your rocker the extra you play. Season 1, titled Opening Act, has a ton of rad unlockables together with audacious headgear, swish hairstyles, and naturally, loads of flashy and distinctive instrument skins. It’s also possible to earn credit to place in direction of no matter objects you fancy within the in-game retailer. The shop will replace recurrently with Each day and Weekly objects, so that you’ll at all times have one thing to work in direction of.
If this appears like the game for you, then we’ve got excellent news! You gained’t have to attend lengthy to get your palms on Battle Bands. The game will launch in Early Entry on March 17, with many extra updates to return as the event course of progresses. Aerie Digital is eager to work with followers to enhance the game as a lot as attainable, with a plan to launch the game in full in six to 12 months. Throughout this time, the developer plans so as to add masses extra content material for character and van customisation, in addition to a brand new season move with in-game rewards.
In the course of the Early Entry interval Aerie Digital is inviting gamers to affix the official Battle Bands Discord neighborhood, not solely to benefit from the recreation with different followers, but additionally to supply suggestions and solutions for the way forward for the game. For extra info and to select up the game when it launches, head to its Steam web page.