A splash of Colour in a drab world
Wetory developed by PepperStones is currently available via demo on Steam. PepperStones is a Korean video game developer company founded as recent as 2021. Presenting as an intriguing rogue-lite indie game with an interesting back story. Join us here at VIBE as we dive into the world of Wetory. However, its important to note this a quick article as the game is still only offering a demo stage and has not released as early access or full access as of yet.
The main character of Wetory is a child who was born with a congenital defect. This saw the child leaking paint from the soles of their feet. Due to fear and disdain the child was abandoned and humiliated by the world. However, the main antagonist of the story sucks all the colours from the world. Therefore, the child with the paint leaking from their feet becomes the unlikely hero of the story.
Rogue-lite is a very popular genre in today’s gaming industry. Wetory does well to encapsulate all the things right with a rogue-lite. It has fast paced levels and combat. As pictured above, the main character is in a room with several different enemies and must destroy them with paint. The combat its self was a bit strange as its directional and you have to line it up in order to strike anyone. This can be challenging at times when you have so many enemies directly attacking you from different directions. However, it does well for crowd control so learning to have them very close and in the same line up can cause smooth sailing!
Additionally, like all rogue-lite games if you die, you are back to the start and must try again. This always seems like a great way to learn from your past mistakes and contributes to the way you handle further playthroughs.
The first boss players encounter in the demo is this fellow pictured above. Straight away it was obvious he was a boss from the change in soundtrack, the sheer size of him and the complicated move set the player must navigate. It was a clever change of pace from the ordinary enemies and did require a great deal of thinking to defeat him. If bosses continue with this same formula throughout Wetory we are on to a winner.
One thing that stood out in this demo, is the clever design. Wetory has a unique art style. It focuses heavily on what appears to be hand drawn graphics and bright colours when needed. For example, due to the world being plunged in darkness it would make sense that when the main character is spreading colour around the world that it would be bright and colorful. The art style reminded me personally, of Okami.
The game features a skill tree which players must level up to complete. The skills are focused on the different colours of paints. In the demo it featured black and red as the starter paints. Each different paint had its own abilities. For example, black focused on building a dash meter and red focused on attack rates and damage rates. All of these combined are important to enhance the players abilities.
Overall, Wetory is shaping up to be an interesting rogue-lite indie game which is set to be available at the start of 2023. Right now Wetory is available on steam at demo stage: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2054220/Wetory/ and I would encourage everyone to check it out! Keep your eyes peeled for a full review when Wetory becomes available.
26, Indie Game connoisseur. Also a hamster mum, fiancée & working in the addiction field. Gaming and writing are my escape and comfort for when the world gets too much!