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When talking about apocalyptic survival games, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
Survival? Virus? Zombie? Wandering the ruined world with only a dog keeping your company? Building defenses in a city to ward off zombies…? You’re right. Those are things depicting an apocalyptic survival game. But, it should be more than just those clichés, isn’t it?
With that, a game company like IM30 agreed. Moreover, they gave us a new apocalyptic survival game — Last Fortress: Underground.
Apocalyptic survival games should never be limited by clichéd formula and gameplay because the genre itself represents possibilities for vast imagination. After all, who can tell what a future ruined world is like? However, vast imagination also means tough challenges. Developers must give players a more immersive experience, convince them to believe the world is accurate, and make them genuinely experience life in a wasteland. Right now, Last Fortress: Underground is the rising challenger to that difficulty.
An immersive apocalyptic experience
Unlike any other apocalyptic survival games that set their shelters in some aboveground city, you will find a subterranean “Castle” in Last Fortress: Underground, a logical innovation explained in the first 15 minutes of the game.
On the land shrouded in darkness, a group of people was being chased by zombies. Driven by adrenaline, they rushed into a gate at the very last minute. Though out of danger, there wasn’t time for them to catch their breath. An exploration of the abandoned fortress was due. Accidents happened; distrust emerged from suspected wounds; Zombies stormed through doors. Regardless, they pulled through after all. Faced with an unknown entrance, the exhausted crowd realized this was actually an underground shelter. Having no better choice, they temporarily took refuge here, where our story unfolded.
Although the story is not intricate, in Last Fortress: Underground, the team made many attempts to present it diversely, which you’ll see in the change of camera angle, the pace at which the story is told, and even the player interactions that push the plot. All of that makes the story more lively and immersive.
As the shelter is improved, more survivors will join the Fortress. By then, the players can assign jobs to them, producing essential resources for survival. The game uses a cross-sectional view, allowing the player to see the actual scene in each room and observe the characters in action. The shape of the facilities in the game is also very characteristic, and the “cell-like” rooms make the overall layout clear and orderly.
Apocalyptic survival doesn’t mean being alone
We usually see one single survivor with a dog and a castle in most apocalyptic survival games, but not in Last Fortress: Underground. Apocalyptic survival doesn’t mean surviving all alone. The game emphasizes interactions between players.
The search for new survivors and heroes in the game relies on the radar. Players need to rescue more survivors to help the construction and development of the Fortress. On the way to save other survivors, there’s also a chance to recruit powerful heroes who will help you train your army, fight against the zombies, and reclaim the territory that once belonged to humans.
Players interact and fight with each other through alliances. In an apocalyptic world, the first thing after establishing a base is to find a reliable and robust union. That goes the same in Last Fortress: Underground. The game is equipped with a real-time online translation system for more convenient communication between global players. Players can ask questions in chat channels or communicate with each other for diplomatic purposes on behalf of their alliance. While the translation is not entirely accurate, it’s sufficient for daily or tactical communication. Skipping additional translation tools saves players time and opens up more possibilities for social interaction in the game. Even in an apocalyptic world, players are not alone.
An apocalyptic survival SLG as Last Fortress: Underground is a breakthrough and innovation in the genre, for it closely connects the apocalyptic survival with the social interaction of players, providing players with a truly immersive gaming experience and more interactive possibilities. However, that’s just the beginning. After attracting the players’ attention with its unique style, the next big challenge for Last Fortress: Underground is whether it can keep more core players to continue to invest in the subsequent gameplay.