Playing with friends is fun. Playing alone is realistic. But when a game gives you the option to do both, you can at least buy it with the hope that someday you won’t have to do the latter. Heavily inspired by The Lost Vikings of old, Grave Danger seems like the kind of fun, puzzle-y platformer you’ll want to sink your teeth into.
In development by JB Gaming, Grave Danger is a 2D puzzle platformer set around three outlaws, wanted “Dead And Alive,” who go out to clear their name, fighting off everyone standing in their way. The core of the game centers around the three protagonists, a cowboy, a wizard, and a reaper. Much like Trine, each character has their own weapon types and abilities, which will come in handy when trying to traverse the different sections of the game and solve the puzzles blocking your path. You can play alone and control each character separately, or play with your friends as each of you work together to reach the end of the map.
The art is fantastically fun and light, very reminiscent of The Lost Vikings, but for the modern generation. JB Gaming has also said that they were very much inspired by the sense of humor and campiness of the classic Blizzard platformer, which I can very much get behind.
Grave Danger is set for a Halloween 2016 release on PC, Mac, and Linux, as well as an early January 2017 release for XB1, PS4, and WiiU, so there would be plenty of places to pick this one up if backed. I’m sold on this game, so I highly recommend checking out their Kickstarter to learn more and help reach their $35,000 goal.