Back in March Aftertype Games had launched a Kickstarter for a strategy RPG called Bloody Monday!!. Unfortunately, a month later it didn’t get funding. They have since rebranded it as Spinal Blast and relaunched with a second attempt. You can find our previous coverage here.
So, now that that’s out of the way, what exactly is Spinal Blast? At its core the game is a turn-based strategy RPG along the lines of Disgaea and Final Fantasy Tactics. But, what really makes this game unique is in its use of psychiatric and psychological themes. For you see you’re battling in another realm called Psychoreality.
The story of Spinal Blast revolves around the crew of a starship as they decide to take a shortcut to their destination through a wormhole. Not a good idea as Ulyss and Tay get separated from the rest of their crew and lost in the weird dimension. They then embark on a quest to find their missing crewmates and escape back to their own reality. Not gonna be an easy task.
Traverse the land of Psychoreality as our dynamic duo recruit army and take it to the enemy on standard grid-based battlefields made popular by the genre. Raise your Anger, Stress, and Sorrow stats to transform into fearsome mind-related beasts and unleash amazing psychological attacks on your opponents.
Another interesting aspect of Spinal Blast is that you can collect treasure and coins both outside of battle and during. The truly unique aspect of getting loot is the use of Rorschach ink blots. What you get is based on what that character sees in the random pattern.
So, if you’re a fan of games like Disgaea and Final Fantasy Tactics, and are a fan of psychology, then you certainly can’t go wrong with Spinal Blast. Hopefully they’ll make it this time.
Track the progress of the Spinal Blast Kickstarter in our Campaign Calendar.