Terra Incognita 'roguelike-strategy-puzzle-game' heading to iPad

'Indiana Jones meets Charles Darwin'

Terra Incognita 'roguelike-strategy-puzzle-game' heading to iPad
| Curious Expedition

Over on indie game community website TIGSource, a rather interesting-looking iPad project has been unveiled. Yes, Terra Incognita's slow-burn charms certainly have us intrigued.

The two-man team behind Terra Incognita (which is a working title, by the way) calls the game a "roguelike-strategy-puzzle-game", in reference to the classic procedurally generated dungeon-crawlers from the '80s.

As a 19th-century explorer in Terra Incognita, you must, well, explore the land, avoiding dangerous wildlife and deciding how best to deal with the native races you encounter.

Do you treat them respectfully and open up cordial trade relations, or do you march in like some sort of 19th-century archimperialist and demand the world?

Indie Indy

Terra Incognita's developer says it wants to make you feel like a true explorer, offering you a constantly shifting landscape and a precariously tough difficulty level.

There'll also be mysterious temples to loot and mystical creatures to battle, so the game won't just involve historically accurate slogs.

"As you explore and interact with the world, your actions will cause the region to gradually go out of balance, until the trail of chaos you left catches up and forces you to run for your life," the blurb for the game reads. We do so like chaos in our games.

As well as the act of exploring, you'll have to plan and equip your expedition depending on how you wish to play it.

Elaborating a little on the different characters you bring along with you, the developer explains: "the 'Specialists', as we call them for now, will feature different abilities that will allow you to play the game in different ways. In a sense, you could see each of them as different skill-lines in a traditional RPG sense."

These "Specialists" include such historical characters as Nikola Tesla (who appears to bring a Tesla gun), Charles Darwin, and occultist Aleister Crowley.

The whole old skool explorative vibe is expertly complemented by some beautiful pixel-art graphics.

The developer anticipates a 2013 release for Terra Incognita (or whatever it ends up being called) on PC and tablet devices. So, yes, Android owners could get a taste, too.

Jon Mundy
Jon Mundy
Jon is a consummate expert in adventure, action, and sports games. Which is just as well, as in real life he's timid, lazy, and unfit. It's amazing how these things even themselves out.