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Niche Spotlight – Smelter

Smelter

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Smelter, a 2D action-platformer with tower defense strategy elements by X Plus Company Limited and Dangen Entertainment.

After the destruction of the Garden, Eve finds herself all alone. On her desperate journey to find Adam she meets Smelter, a mysterious creature that offers to fuse with her as a suit of mystical armor if she agrees to help him.

Delve into a variety of dangerous locations across the Rumbly Lands, to fight bizarre creatures in intense 2D action-platforming segments. Use the resources you collect during these outings to construct buildings and expand your empire, then defend it from waves of enemies.

You can find the release date trailer below.

Smelter is available on Windows PC (via GOG, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $19.99 USD.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

Smelter is a strategy, action-platformer combo inspired by classics from the 16-bit era. Lead Smelter and his faithful Zirm forces by expanding Smelter’s territory across the Rumbly Lands in top-down strategy levels, then dive into thrilling side-scrolling action stages after annexing key locations. Build, attack and advance your army — unlock, upgrade and unleash elemental action skills against vicious enemies, perilous environments and dangerous bosses. Release the power of Smelter!

STORY
After the untimely destruction of the Garden, Eve finds herself in an unfamiliar world with her beloved Adam nowhere to be found. In her search for Adam, she encounters Smelter, an unusually over-confident, winged creature with the powerful ability to transform and fuse with others, giving them incredible powers.
Offering his apparently “invaluable” assistance, Smelter transforms and fuses with Eve. They depart on a journey to the treacherous Rumbly Lands. There, they expand Smelter’s territory, allowing them to reach further into the various domains to find out what happened to her Adam, hoping to find him in one piece and find a way back home to their peaceful lives…

FEATURES

  • Hybrid gameplay that combines fast-paced platforming with top-down strategy.
  • Explore incredible, diverse worlds ranging from the hellish to the beautiful.
  • Master three skill sets, complete with over 40 upgrades obtainable through multiple challenges, allowing for varied combat, movement and defense tactics.
  • Fire up the “Smelt” ability, which can be used both in combat and on objects to navigate through difficult terrain.
  • Open a can of whoop ass on challenging 2D action levels, enemies, and bosses with their own back stories!
  • Expand your empire across a variety of regions, utilizing a variety of building types, upgrades, and units.
  • Uncover a multitude of secrets, including powerful hidden upgrades and hard-as-nails trial levels.
  • Meet a cast of characters with personalities ranging from the eccentric to the completely insane.
  • Rock out to a killer soundtrack combining synth and guitar, featuring music by Evader, and opening and ending theme by Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, Shovel Knight).

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Frank Streva

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Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.




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