After such a quiet week last week I seem to have been rushed off my feet in the nicest way this week. Two indie games launched in the last few days and I was fortunate enough to be given copies to both. I thought I’d tell you all about one this week and save the other for my next blog post when hopefully I will have had chance to complete it. For those of you who care about such things the games were given to me without the stipulation I record or review them so the videos and my blogs are my own thoughts.
Nectar of the Gods was developed by Ben Thomas and it was he who kindly got in touch just before the game went live on Steam. Super news for everyone out there who wants to give it a go – the base game is free!
In essence you play as a team of bugs. In the base game these are beetles but with the optional DLC you can also play as bees (The Hive) or spiders (The Spidey Party). These characters are all fighting for the same resource, nectar from a sweet human drink. Each bug has a number to show its health and cost (in nectar) and these bugs must work their way across the board (countertop) to deplete the other team of all their drink before yours in drunk. Each bug in each faction offers a different skill so you have to use them wisely to get the best effects! Some highlights definitely include the Rhino Beetle who unashamedly rams your beetles on at speed, the Queen Bee who makes royal jelly to boost your team and the Jumping Spider who can move lanes to get out of trouble. Each of the three countertops also give the game a new dynamic keeping it fresh.
You can play the game as local multiplayer or online but to date I’ve enjoyed playing against the AI. You can tweak the difficulty settings so it’s possible to ramp it up to give a good level of challenge. Would I recommend it? Given it starts out as completely free, totally! You can try it and see if it is the right game for you before investing in the other characters. It reminds me a bit of Swarm Queen which has been a favourite on my YouTube channel. The developer has neatly left it open for more factions and countertops to join the fray so I can see this is a game that is still set to expand in the future. You can watch my first video here or catch up with the playlist for the series here.
With lockdown restrictions so tight in the UK still I’m afraid I don’t have much more to report. All that matters now is that we stay safe and look after each other so keep doing that guys. Remember, better times are just around the corner.
See you next time!