Niche Spotlight – Yaga


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Today’s Niche Spotlight is Yaga, an action-RPG based on Slavic folklore by Breadcrumbs Interactive and Versus Evil.

Yaga released last year, but recently made its way to Steam and GOG. You play as Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith and grandson of the witch Baba Yaga, that must keep taking on increasingly absurd jobs from the Tzar. However, the man has notoriously bad luck.

Shape Ivan’s playstyle and abilities by acquiring various hammers, tools, talismans, magic items, boons, and curses; as you hunt down vicious monsters from Slavic folklore and eastern European pagan beliefs. Your actions and choices can affect the outcome of Ivan’s story, for better or worse, and the game is designed to be replayed over and over again.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Yaga is available on Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store, GamersGate, GOG, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $24.99 USD.

You can find the rundown (via GamersGate) below:

Smash, clobber and bash the murderous legends of Slavic mythology in this darkly funny action role-playing game that changes every time you play. Play as Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith with incredibly bad luck, who must take on the impossible tasks given to him by the tzar. All the while the mysterious witch, Baba Yaga, watches over Ivan’s fate.

The world of Yaga is a world steeped in Slavic folklore and ancient Pagan beliefs. Featuring a head-bobbing Romanian hip-hop soundtrack from Subcarpați and striking, hand-drawn 2D artwork. Yaga is an authentic love letter to childhood fables from Romanian indie developer, Breadcrumbs Interactive.

  • Bludgeon the ancient monsters of Slavic folklore using a vast arsenal of hammers and tools forged by Ivan’s own hands.
  • Your actions change Ivan’s story, his reputation, and the upgrades he can choose.
  • Experiment in the deep forging system to make weapons like teleporting lightning hammers and hookshot pitchforks.
  • Explore the combinations of talismans, magic items, blessings, perks, and curses to fundamentally change how Ivan plays.
  • Multiple endings, multiple ways of solving encounters, procedural map, lots of characters to encounter, and hidden secrets mean Yaga is meant to be played over and over again.
  • Ivan’s grandma just wants him to find a wife. Don’t disappoint her!

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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