Hylics (video game)
|Engine||RPG Maker VX Ace|
|Release||October 2, 2015|
The player character is Wayne, a humanoid being with yellow skin and crescent-shaped horns. Most of the game's NPCs speak using random text generation, in a manner described as a deliberately misleading red herring, albeit consistent with the setting, with the player's goals being represented through environmental design instead. The world and characters are alluded to be posthuman in nature and the goal of the game is to defeat the king of the moon, whose name is Gibby.
Hylics plays like a traditional JRPG despite its surreal setting. Hit points are replaced with "flesh", while magic points are replaced with "will". Battles are shown from a first-person perspective, with the character's hands being shown performing attacks. Wayne loses all his flesh when defeated, but does not die, rather warping to an "afterlife" from which they can travel back to a previous area. Battle items are also unusual, such as being able to attack with a frozen burrito.
Emily Gera of Rock, Paper, Shotgun described the game as "like a scene from Bosch by way of Videodrome". Chris Priestman of Kill Screen called the game's animation "wonderful" and stated that "to play a Mason Lindroth game is to delight in all that is possible within the material world and to learn how wonderful creation and destruction can be." Jordan Devore of Destructoid said that Hylics was "the trippiest RPG I've ever seen".
A sequel with higher resolution graphics was announced to be developed after the release of the first game. Hylics 2 was finally released on June 22, 2020, featuring a quest to stop Gibby's minions from reconstituting their master.
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