Hazelnut Bastille Public Demo Released

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Aloft Studio has just announced the release of the public demo for their game, Hazelnut Bastille. Access to the demo can be obtained by signing up for their newsletter.

I happened to come across Hazelnut Bastille when someone retweeted the release of Aloft’s demo yesterday. I was instantly intersted after seeing the retro SNES-inspired graphics and immediately set out to find out more about the game. It’s a topdown adventure game similar to A Link to the Past, but has Metroidvania elements to its level design.

Aloft boasts an impressive list of features:

  • Heavily conscientious level design
  • Metroidvania progression
  • Classic open-world Overworld and Dungeon format
  • 16-bit graphic and audio style
  • 8-voice Chiptune and lofi sample soundtrack
  • Classic 4-way character navigation
  • Enemy design invoking original Legend of Zelda principles
  • Intense, brutal bosses which require learning and observation
  • Highly challenging combat sequences with a high skill ceiling
  • Puzzles built around observation, item use, and sequential logic
  • Complex trading system to obtain optional items
  • Customizable playstyle based on which items player obtains and equips

Pretty much every one of those bullet points resonates with me. I’m currently downloading the demo build as I write this.

Hazelnut Bastille is set to release early-2018 for PC / Mac / Linux.

Hazelnut Bastille Screen Hazelnut Bastille Screen
Hazelnut Bastille Screen Hazelnut Bastille Screen

Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.

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