Abyss Odyssey

ABYSS ODYSSEY is a new game developed by ACE Team (of Zeno Clash/Rock of Ages fame) released this week for PC/PS3/360.

Launch trailer

The game is set in 1890 Chile, and can best be described as some sort of combination of fighter/roguelike/platformer. You explore the titular “Abyss,” the rooms of which are randomly generated each time you enter. The combat system has some similarities to fighting games, but there is also a loot chase and RPG elements in developing your character. The story is playable either solo or in 2-player co-op!

One of the more interesting features is that the game keeps track of how many times the final boss has been defeated by players in the community: over time, the boss will evolve the more times it has been defeated.

You play as one of three main heroes. The enemies you encounter have unique movesets (from what I understand, it is also possible for the enemies to become playable characters). Finally, the PC version includes a Smash Bros. style battle arena for up to four combatants.

I’ve spent a little bit of time with it and am having a blast so far. I really love the Art Nouveau visual style. Anybody else playing this one?

I picked it up, too, but haven’t spent a lot of time with it. I really like it thematically and artistically, but I was hoping for combat to feel a little more crisp and responsive. I’ve never really come to terms with using analog controls for 2d platformers, which is part of the problem, but I’m hoping I’ll get used to it after I play some more.

Huh? Frankly, that’s all I need to have my interest piqued. What kind of game gets set in Chile in the 19th century?


I liked what I saw, but it feels unfinished. I reached the last boss on my first run (and this is supposed to be a roguelike) and actually had to suicide myself (I had four respawns left to try killing him but no time).

the devs are looking into balancing, though, so it could get fixed soon, and there’s a lot to like here (specially the setting and the art…)

Apparently there were lava caverns in 19th century Chile.

Regardless, the artwork is quite enchanting. Reminds me a little bit of classic Tarot card imagery.

A game from a Chilean developer???

Who has traveled to the future from the 19th century? Now I’m even more interested! :)