Iris & the Giant is a highly addictive card based roguelike dungeon crawler where a young girl fights the inner demons that are causing her distress.
In Iris & the Giant you take control of Iris, a young girl who is overwhelmed by her emotions and retreats into her mind to fight them. They manifest as creatures of Greek mythology (as she’s been reading a book on the subject) and she must battle her way through all the levels in her mind to finally confront the Giant (who presumably symbolises her father).
The gameplay in Iris & the Giant is easy to pick up and play but deceptively deep, with you learning new tactics and discovering new weapons and enemies on nearly every run. You start the game with a selection of cards with unique attacking and defensive abilities. You draw four cards and decide which ones to use, with the ones that you used being removed from your deck. If you run out of cards it’s game over and if you run out of will power (health) then it’s game over too so you need to make sure you’re stocked up on both.
There’s a plethora of unique perks to unlock as you play, some of which will only last for the current run, some will aid you on your next run only and some are permanently unlocked. There’s a nice selection of cards you can pick up and the perks that you unlock will allow you to buff certain ones, which in turn allows you to try and focus on creating specialised builds of your character. There’s a vast array of enemies to deal with too though – it’s worth hovering your mouse cursor over each new one you discover as they can do some serious damage if you don’t know what their abilities are.
It’s a fantastic game, and even in its current form, it’s a highly polished and addictive experience. It feels a little like card based Binding of Isaac, with stackable buffs, stylised cartoony visuals and intense battles with a large assortment of powerful enemies. This roguelike dungeon crawler is playing all of its cards right. Highly recommended.
Play The Iris & the Giant Beta Here (Browser – Requires Flash)
You can also sign up to Beta test on iOS Here or email the dev louis(at)ludocube(dot)fr of you’d like to test the Android Version.