Menu

EGX Rezzed 2019 Preview: Mable And The Wood

Oh yeah, EGX Rezzed was last week, wasn’t it?

 

The UK’s flagship showcasing of several independent titles! So many good titles and that’s what these articles are here for! Now, I already know what you’re going to ask: “Why didn’t you talk about these games sooner?!”. Well, it’s because I left my laptop charger at home. I remembered to bring a back-up lighter and cigs, but not a laptop charger. Anyway, Mable & The Wood, the first game I played at the event.

 

This is the debut title from Sheffield-based developer Triplevision Games, which has been a dream in the making for four years now. Beginning in 2015 as a Ludum Dare entry, main man Andrew Stewart– Along with help in the sound department by members of Fat Bard Music– Has gone through hell and high water to see this game through to the end. With further help in terms of publishing from Graffiti Games, the dream is finally coming to fruition.

 

 The Wood lies through the dark forests as an insect-oid creature.

 

You play as Mable, a young lass who is resurrected by a strange cult to fulfill a prophecy. With that, they tell you to hunt down the great beasts that plague this world, obtain their powers upon defeating them, and usher in a new age for these dying lands. However, with time being frail, it’s entirely possible that the prophecy is misunderstood, or lost in translation, and that is up to you to decide.

 

Mable’s… gimmick revolves around Mable’s weapon; A giant sword that requires her to grasp it with two hands. It is far too large for her to wield efficiently, which is why she can only drag it across the ground, but you do have the power to shape-shift. At the beginning, you’ll only have one form; a fairy, which you’ll shift into and fly across the forests with.

 

What about the sword though? If Mable is having trouble with the sword in her human form, then surely being a fairy would bring up more issues? Well, you’d be right. Upon transforming, the sword lodges into the ground, while Mable flies on ahead, but when she turns back into her human form, she is able to have it magnetically return to her hand, destroying anything in its projected path.

 

The main character of Mable & The Wood speaks to a shopkeeper, who provides a confident remark about their wares.

 

Now you could employ a path that balances lethal precision and speed. Prepare your next path as the fairy, then once you reach your designated spot, bring the sword back and watch it fly through the enemies. A flurry of blood, violence, and leaves falling from their trees, leading to immediate satisfaction from the player. However, you can also plan a pacifist route.

 

The demo showed off this pacifist route as well. The challenge of trying to avoid battles and navigate the landscapes with the least damage done to yourself and hazards was just as much of a challenge as actually coming head to head with the beasts.

 

From there, Mable & The Wood continued to impress with all types of different qualities. The unfocused pixel art gave a weird warmth to the world, reminiscent of The Deer God, albeit not as washed out or muddy. The music plays like feathers on the ear, and the writing is casual, non-confronting and comedic. It all points to a refined experience; one that’s almost five years in the making, and one that’s close to release.

 

Mable & The Wood has no set release date, with the closest estimation being mid-2019.

 

No comments

Leave a Reply

Newsletter

Why I’ve Pre-Ordered Death Stranding

The moment I saw Norman Reedus sprouting forth a mushroom with his urine, I knew I had to pre-order Death Stranding. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Generally speaking,…

October 18, 2019, 28
Image from Obsidian forum. Depicts a map of the world with the release times of The Outer Worlds detailed for each time zone

The Outer Worlds Release Times and Day One Patch Size Revealed

The Outer Worlds is ready to launch in just over a week. With that mind, Obsidian has revealed the release times on each platform, as well as some details on…

October 17, 2019, 78

More Pokemon Gigantamax Forms Announced for Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield keeps adding fuel to the meme fire with the newly announced Gigantamax forms for Pokemon such as Pikachu and Meowth. However, there are caveats to some…

October 16, 2019, 56
Pokémon Sword and Shield Key Art

More Pokémon Sword and Shield Information Tomorrow

Less than a week after we got a look at the newest Pokémon being introduced to Pokémon Sword and Shield, the game’s official Twitter account posted a Tweet announcing that…

October 15, 2019, 83
Overwatch Nintendo Switch

Blizzard Cancels Overwatch Nintendo Switch Event Following blitzchung Incident

Blizzard, following the action taken against Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai, has canceled the launch event for Overwatch on Switch that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 16. This was announced…

October 15, 2019, 132
Fortnite Chapter 2 Screenshot

Fortnite Chapter 2 Drops Players Into New Territory

After the world-ending black hole event took Fortnite off the map, the game is back in the form of Fortnite Chapter 2. The revamped version of the popular battle royale…

October 15, 2019, 110
image from box art of Silent Hill. Depicts protagonist Harry Mason close to the camera

Silent Hill Retrospective – The Sound of Silence

There’s nothing much that can be said about Silent Hill that hasn’t already been said. Instead, Silent Hill is very much a game where I’d prefer to focus on how…

October 15, 2019, 429
Fortnite Black Hole

Fortnite Season 10 Ends as Black Hole Destroys Map

Fortnite isn’t shy about putting live events in-game. Fissure-creating rockets and giant monster vs mecha battles have played out live in front of millions of players, but Fortnite‘s latest stunt…

October 14, 2019, 188
players duke it out during a match of Killer Queen Black

Killer Queen Black Available on Switch and PC

The latest 4v4 arcade sensation has finally arrived as of Friday, allowing players to finally pick up “the next big esport”. Killer Queen Black, by Liquid Bit and BumbleBear, pits teams…

October 13, 2019, 109

Worse Than Death Review – Dooby Scoo

One of the more philosophical questions here.   As we await for the endless void to consume us all, it makes us wonder what exists out there that makes us…

October 13, 2019, 453