Greatswords have long served as iconic weapons in RPGs and anime series. Swordan action game from Temple Door Games, dares to ask the question: What if we made great RPG swords same bigger?
We’ve got big-assed swords and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and work-in-progress screenshots. Every week, the Polygon team scours the internet for the coolest games still in the works, to give you a sample of the coolest projects to come.
This week we bring you a game that redefines “run and gun”, a colorful toy box of a first person shooter, an alligator cowboy (yeehaw) and a fever dream of a monster.
What if Cloud Strife’s sword, but bigger?
Sword is a rogue-like action game where you collect spell-infused swords to battle swarms of villains. It’s a simple concept, but the swords are enough to make Cloud Strife jealous. In an excerpt posted by the studio, we can see one of the characters in the game wielding a comically large sword that is several times larger than the character itself, and even larger than some of the trees in the forest. There’s no release date on the game yet, but you can check out weekly updates on the developer’s Discord.
This slow-motion action is straight out of Neo’s playbook
Described by its developer Rootpilot as a “zoomer shooter”, this game seems to combine the action of your typical endless runner game with slow-motion action sequences. The developer posted a clip showing one of its characters dashing forward, only to do a full flip and blast an enemy’s head with a shotgun in the air. The action scene is the stuff of The matrix, and it looks sick. Rootpilot regularly publishes articles about the game, so you can see other clips of development on Twitter.
First-person shooter looks like a toy
seven leaf clover Chargers strike! it feels like it takes on the action of a first person shooter like Surveillance or value and places him in a toy world. The game has a playful and colorful theme combined with a cartoon style where you play as a robot who stands up against the powers that be. According to its description, you’ll play through challenges to “end corporate tyranny”. You can download a demo and check out more info on the game’s Itch.io page here
The little cowboy is ready for adventure (the cowboy is an alligator)
We have covered Lil Gator game before, but I couldn’t resist revisiting it, now that we see the alligator as a rooted cowboy. A new developer clip MegaWobble showed not only funny cowboy hat but also gameplay in the world. It looks like there’s a lot to do, and in this clip, we can watch the alligator slide down a mountain and smash various panels into pieces. There is no release date yet, but the Steam page says it will be released later this year.
All the work it takes to make a wobbly guy
FeverDevJohnny is a developer working on whimsical and weird video games. The developer maintains a Patreon that supports a variety of projects, and recently Johnny posted a clip of the face of a sharp-toothed character from a game. In the clip, the slider drags the face, and the eyes, nose, and teeth flicker and bounce. According to a tweet from the developer, it took “100 lines of code” to make the face shake like that. It’s a cool concept, and it’s also a fun way to reveal some of the work that goes into creating a game element like this. For weirder creations, you can check out FeverDecJohnny’s Twitter account.
Corrigendum (April 12): A previous version of this article stated that Playtonic Friends is the developer of Lil Gator game. Playtonic Friends is the publisher and MegaWobble is the developer. We have edited the article to reflect this.