Have you ever wanted to play as a kung-fu rabbit, as odd as that concept sounds? Well, now you can thanks to Overgrowth.
While the game might star anthropomorphic rabbits, cats, dogs, and other animals, don’t assume it’s a fun, cutsey platformer like Yooka-Laylee. Overgrowth is a bare-knuckles brawler that forces players to fight off opponents by stringing together moves that would feel at home in a Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movie. The challenge of the game comes from the enemies; they use a sophisticated AI that lets them actively predict the player’s moves, so the only way to win is to mix up attacks and continually be on your toes. But, the game isn’t all kung-fu bunnies; players can also sneak around and kill enemies like a stealthy assassin. Thanks to an extremely lenient save system, players can tackle challenges any way they want, and the punishment for failure is less than a slap on the wrists, which lets gamers get back into the thick of it only as quickly as they can press a button.
Overgrowth is the definition of a passion project. The developer, Wolfire Games, has worked on this game for almost a decade. Not only was the game developed independently, it also garnered a large fan following, and many of these fans have developed mods for Overgrowth. These mods let players fly like the world’s most awkward bat, shoot lasers from their eyes, play as a human in a world filled with anthropomorphic animals, and explore new campaigns and stories.
Overgrowth is currently available on Steam for $29.99 (it is an indie game, after all), but until October 23rd, gamers can purchase the game at 30% off for $20.99. Furthermore, anyone who buys the game at its discount price also receives another Wolfire Games game, Receiver, which is a randomly generated FPS game created for the 7-Day FPS Challenge. And while you’re at it, check out Lugaru HD; turns out Overgrowth is actually a sequel, and Lugaru HD is the beginning of the story.