The first thing you need to know about Resource War is that it’s part of a series.
And not just any series. This fab-looking multiplayer RPG from Creauctopus is the latest game in the acclaimed sci-fi franchise that began in 2019 with Ailment.
For the uninitiated, Ailment is a roguelike action-RPG that sees you playing as a crew member on a spaceship.
Following an abortive rescue mission on another ship, you wake up from a three-day coma to discover that your friends and colleagues have turned into zombies who want to kill you. Needless to say, your only immediate course of action is to kill them first.
Your longer term goal is to work out what the hell is going on.
Ailment was followed in 2020 by Endurance, a prequel storyline set on the ship that you were exploring before you became embroiled in an interstellar zombie catastrophe.
Like Ailment, Endurance is a pitch-perfect pixel art indie game with addictive roguelike gameplay, a fantastic story, and some spectacular space violence.
It’s also got multiplayer, and that’s the feature that Creauctopus has decided to tease out in Resource War.
Set 50 years after the events of Endurance, Resource War is a straight-up multiplayer RPG. There’s no big narrative set-up, and no zombie-based mystery to solve.
Instead, there’s just a whole lot of shooty fun.
The action is team-based, with squads of four going up against countless other teams in huge randomly generated levels. Between rounds you can upgrade your skills, change-up your armor, experiment with different weapons, and customize your look.
This is a simple but highly refined RPG shooter set in a richly detailed universe.
Here are four reasons why you need to play Resource War right now.
It Has Some Serious Vintage
Anybody who has ever watched a film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows the power of world-building. Setting multiple games in the same universe creates the sense that you’re making contact with an entire fictional dimension.
While Resource War doesn’t explicitly continue the story of Ailment and Endurance, it absolutely benefits from belonging to the same fantasy timeline.
It Has Genre-Straddling Gameplay
Like Ailment and Endurance, Resource War refuses to stick to a single genre. On the surface it has a lot in common with other top-down shooters like Enter the Gungeon and Nuclear Throne. But it augments these influences with some innovative roguelike features.
Plus, Resource War takes a few pointers from the RPG genre, allowing you to level-up your character around your own personal playing style.
It’s Rich Yet Accessible
Aside from what we’ve already told you about Resource War, a glance at the trailer above will tell you just how deep its gameplay goes.
There’s all sorts of stuff going on, with weapons galore, teleporters, fantastic contraptions, and a wealth of customization options. But all of this comes in a simple, cartoony package that you’ll be able to enjoy from the get-go.
Its Presentation Is Stellar
Another benefit of belonging to an established sci-fi franchise is that Resource War comes with its own distinctive, fully realised aesthetic.
The graphics are detailed enough to make the world feel real while. But at the same time they’re simple enough to ensure that there’s no visual clutter to distract you from your mission (i.e., kill everyone). Plus, the characters all have their own unique, customizable looks.
Resource War boasts language support for Ukrainian, Polish, English, Italian, Portuguese, French, Turkish, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Norwegian. That means a practically limitless supply of human opponents and team mates.
To get started, download Resource War for free right now on the Google Play Store.