In Yaga you play as Ivan an overweight one-handed blacksmith who can’t seem to run into any luck, wanting peace and quiet he decides to settle down trying to begin his ‘normal’ life…however The Tzar of the village is tasking him with impossible missions. The latest is that he must weaken and awaken the spirits of the forest – and of course these are protected by a crafty old witch Baba Yaga.
She now has a watchful eye on Ivan and has decided that instead of just destroying him that she will play mind-games with him and make the mission as infuriating as possible, it’s now Ivan’s mission to deal with greed and manipulation throughout his progression.
Some of the key points of the game are listed by the developers here:
- Craft and upgrade an arsenal of weapons and tools to aid you in your journeys.
- Building a reputation through roleplaying results in different interactions with villagers and NPCs, unlocking secrets, trading options, or bestowing game-changing curses or blessings upon the player character.
- Pagan beliefs and superstitions are key to unlocking hidden secrets, getting house spirits on your side, or avoiding the powerful curses of unclean creatures.
- Discover and combine lots of talismans and artifacts that change the player’s abilities and gameplay
- Crossroads between levels allow the player to influence the difficulty, challenge and level generation of the game
- A skill-based combat system with roguelike principles, and wrap it all up in a narrative layer that explores the Slavic culture and oral storytelling.
Sounds super interesting right? Well on top of all of this great gameplay the visuals are breathtaking, it mixes 2D animation with a illustration that feels beautiful and classic.
If you’d like to read more about Yaga you can here, and then ask yourselves ‘would you support this game?’ make sure you leave a vote and some feedback for the developers as they’d really appreciate it!