Developed by Art in Heart, a studio founded by programmer, game designer, and artist Ditto, GoNNER is a procedurally-generated platformer featuring a skull-headed protagonist named Ikk. Now available to download on NVIDIA SHIELD, the game is one of the most charming and enjoyable indie titles of the year. Here are three key reasons why you don’t want to miss out on GoNNER..
An Imaginative Indie Adventure and Premise
Over the years, heroes have embarked on harrowing quests for any number of reasons. They've saved princesses and realms, searched for spectacular treasure, sought life in the aftermath of a tragic apocalypse, and fended off alien invasions, just for starters. Ikk has a slightly different goal. His good friend Sally, a whale who is somehow stuck on land, could really use some cheering up. Ikk figures he can accomplish that task by venturing into the mysterious caverns nearby and retrieving delightful trinkets.
On his journey, Ikk will encounter a variety of environments and master spectacular abilities that improve his chances at survival in the treacherous caverns. There are boss battles to look forward to, as well as hidden secrets and multiple endings, in the event that you successfully help Ikk reach the end of his quest.
Like many other games that make difficulty and procedurally-generated level design key components of their design, GoNNER plays out with rogue-like mechanics. A trip through the game is a "run," and you're not likely to persevere on the first attempt. Instead, you can learn from your mistakes and start over as necessary, armed with fresh knowledge and even improved gear that slightly improves your chances at eventual success.
In addition to artistic visuals and challenging design, GoNNER features a satisfying scoring system for competitive players to master. You can simply work to survive, killing the denizens of darkness in whatever manner proves most convenient, or you can work to score combos that secure you a top score and a prime spot on the leaderboards. Surviving in style is much better than doing so by the skin of your teeth.
Its Visual Aesthetic Shines on NVIDIA SHIELD
Featuring a vibrant art style in everything from the procedurally generated worlds you explore to the creatures you’ll cross paths with, GoNNER boasts striking art direction that leaves a lasting impression and really brings the gameplay experience to life. Its pastel colored settings and characters are also sharply contrasted by the darkness that surrounds you. And despite its minimalistic design, the game looks great on NVIDIA SHIELD.
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