As this month’s Steam Next Fest rolls on, a demo that is price your time is Beneath Oresa, a roguelike deckbuilding game that provides some good positional twists to the usual system—in addition to a heck of lots of trendy animation. I hardly ever suggest video games on this style, which has exploded in recognition since Slay the Spire, however I feel that Beneath Oresa may need what it takes to hitch Monster Train alongside Slay the Spire as a fantastic.

One of the explanations I feel so? It has type. Your character whips, sprints, and turns across the 3D environments of the battlefield as you play playing cards. The swordsman you pilot within the demo goes into slo-mo superhero moments between strikes, the digital camera slowing as you play sequences of playing cards to make them appear like a collection of chained assaults.

Beyond that, the heavy-lined science fantasy artwork bleeds cool, with technological twists embedded in your characters’ armor as they dive into the ruins of the previous searching for loot. The enemies within the demo first stage are bizarre mutants—or perhaps demons—armed with golf equipment, swords, lightning pistols, and alchemical-looking grenades.

Spending a number of runs with the demo, I realized that moderately than merely copy what had come earlier than it Beneath Oresa was making an attempt to do fascinating new issues. Card upgrades may go one in every of two methods, and your deck actually emphasised the worth of retaining issues small moderately than bloating with high-power playing cards.  It exhibits promise, although it is only a demo and lacking a number of high quality of life stuff—like tooltips for key phrases and skills.

You can discover Beneath Oresa on Steam. It’s the debut title of indie studio Broken Spear.