Lonely Star, the first game from developer PeaceSoft, is shaping up to be one of the most unique games this year. The game is a 2D ARPG set in the Arizona desert prior to the destruction of Earth in 2012. You depart with your merry band of misfits as you quest to prepare for the coming apocalypse. It’s a hero’s journey through and through with a nice apocalyptic twist.
After over an hour of playing the demo I can assuredly say that there is intricacies and substance to the game. Developer Matt Judge seems to have a deep rooted understanding of what makes adventure games great. Lonely Star is a game that is ingrained in the familiar whilst managing to explore the depths of the genre; all of this makes for one of the most ironically refreshing experiences I’ve played in a long time.
There’s a striking beauty to Lonely Star’s vastness and simplicity. Mechanically, the game seems to allow quite a bit of player agency, allowing you to decide between combat and stealth. The game is open-ended in the best way possible; its levels of complexity are absolutely astounding and make for a game that is shaping up to be fantastic.
If any of this interests you, feel free to download the demo of here or check out the game’s website at LonelyStargame.com. Lonely Star is set for a Kickstarter campaign launch in mid-July. This is a game that should be on everyone’s radar, it’s surely on mine.