If you’re looking for a party game that knows it’s weird, Riposte! might give you what you want. Inspired by Medieval art and Monty Python sketches, this indie game is currently available on Steam.
According to the press release, the huge variety of bladed weapons in Riposte! “are the stars with direct player control and cunning moves that make every successful stab a thing of beauty.”
This indie game also features single-player gameplay via machine learning that teaches the AI to effectively fight as a human player in 1v1 matches. Which, I mean… ha!
The official description reads:
Stab, slice, and block with a huge variety of weapons in heated 2v2 duels, four-player free-for-alls, and other fun mini-games. Fence with friends, brawl in “Tavern Party” mode, compete in tournament brackets, or just take a stab at … stabbing.
It features a number of gameplay modes to satisfy competitive families and roommates.
- Local Multiplayer
Call your friends to arms via local or remote play via Steam’s Remote Play Together. Duel together in 2v2 bouts, four-player free-for-alls, and double-elimination tournament brackets.
Play with weapons – not characters! Choose from a veritable arsenal of primary offense and secondary defense weapons in sword and board-style combat. Each player directly controls a weapon with unique abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Tavern Party Mode
It’s a stabbing party in the Tavern with a mix of duels, free-for-alls, and other silly mini-games.
“Growing up playing local multiplayer split-screen games like Mario Kart and GoldenEye with my friends inspired me to create Riposte! When we all managed to be in the same place at the same time, we loved to play silly, semi-competitive party games and brawlers. It’s those memories of playing games with friends that stick out, and that’s the type of game I wanted to make with Riposte! Even though we’re all social distancing right now, we can still play couch co-op games with our families and roommates,” shared Aaron Maus (Founder & Lead Designer, Misdirection Games).
The Key Features include:
- Test Friendships: Challenge your friends in 2v2 duels, four-player free-for-alls, and more.
- Take Control: Rather than character movement, you control sword action!
- Blast From the Past: Enjoy beautiful medieval art!
- Choose Your Weapon: Equip and fight with primary and secondary weapons.
- Let the Games Begin: Try combat in a variety of mini-games.
Riposte! is currently available on Steam for $10.04 (a 33% discount). On May 6, the game will return to its original retail price of $14.99.
As for the developer, based in Seattle and founded in 2018 by game designer Aaron Maus, Misdirection Games is “an indie studio born out of an undying love of game jams and original gameplay mechanics.”
You can visit the official website to learn more about this title and Misdirection Games.
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