Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey
HWM Singapore|June 2021
A Surprisingly Complex Apocalypse
Kenneth Ang

Sporting a relatively simple story, a point-and-click-style gameplay formula, and a bleak, uncoloured aesthetic package that resembles a noir-style Fallout, it’s fair to say that Ashwalkers is far from being the most eye-popping title on the block at first glance.

However, like many other events within the game itself, appearances can often be deceiving. Ashwalkers is a post-apocalyptic survival adventure that combines the open-endedness of a choice-based narrative, with the tactical resource management element found in traditional survivalist titles.

When put together, this combo makes for an experience that’s not only easy for anyone to comprehend and engage with, but has surprisingly complex gameplay as well. Sure, we’ve seen this particular fusion of game elements before in titles such as A Dark Room, but the level of strategic detail in Ashwalkers is what really sets it apart.

I think it’s quite impressive how detailed the developers have made the landscape look in spite of the relatively monotone aesthetic. It can be quite entrancing just making your way slowly through the level, with deserted structures, flora, and fauna dotting your path as you go. Otherwise, I daresay the bleak colour palette might even help centre players’ focus on the actual gameplay and narrative.

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER Nameless XIII

PUBLISHER Dear Villagers

GENRE Adventure, Survival

PLATFORM PC

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