A few months back, I came across a trailer for Voxatron on tigsource, and I was immediately excited to play it. That excitement met with a certain degree of disappointment when I realized that Lexaloffle had just posted it as a teaser trailer, and there was no release or demo to be downloaded. That same level of excitement came bubbling right back up to the surface when I saw The Humble Voxatron Debut Bundle, and I snatched it up right away – and I have to say I am not disappointed in the least.
Voxatron is basically an isometric shooter, where the world, enemies and player character are constructed of voxels (volumetric pixels). This graphical approach isn’t entirely new, as a similar art style was used in the PS3 game 3D Dot Game Heroes, but unlike in that game, the environments in Voxatron are completely destructible. Destroy an enemy and the entire sum of it’s voxel parts will collapse and scatter across the floor. Your bullets will leave holes in the environment. You can even destroy trees and structures if you’re patient enough by blasting out all the supporting voxels from underneath and watch it all collapse leaving a satisfying pile of rubble.
Although Voxatron is only currently in alpha, the adventure mode is still a fully-fledged gaming experience, taking you through various locales such as forests, dungeons, lava-filled caverns and fields of snow. There’s also a large cast of characters, enemy-wise, that have a variety of attacks that will force you to adapt your play style. There are minotaurs who will smash through anything in their way to get to you, armadillo-esque creatures that will curl up into a ball and make a bee-line for you, and many, many more. There are also several items scattered around to pick up that will help you fight your way through the hordes of enemies, from weapon powerups, building tools, bombs and health items.
There’s also an arcade mode that pits you against an endless wave of enemies to fend off against in an effort to get the highest score possible for the folks out there who love an insane challenge. Additionally, there is a level editor that allows you to create any environment you can think of, and you can share it or play other user created levels through the BBS Levels menu option. So, you can see there is a whole lot of gameplay packed into such a tiny, alpha release game.
As of this moment, there are still 8 days and 10 hours left to pay what you want for this game through the Humble Voxatron Debut Bundle (click here), and if you beat the average price you get Binding of Isaac and Blocks that Matter thrown in as well. Once the bundle offer expires, the game will be for sale for $15 through lexaloffle’s website (here). If you’re a fan of indie games with a lot of gameplay and replayability, Voxatron is definitely a game you don’t want to miss.
UPDATE: The version 0.1.4 patch of Voxatron has fixed a few bugs and added customizable controls. A future update will also be including a character editor in addition to the level editor so you’ll be able to create your own monsters!
The charming visuals and fun, face-paced action make this an obvious purchase, imo. Then add on the editing capabilities and you pretty much have unlimited replayability. This game could easily sell for $40 and I still wouldn't hesitate to snatch it up. Definitely recommended!