Developer: The Molasses Flood
Publisher: The Molasses Flood
Genre: Action & Adventure
Platform: Xbox One
Age Rating: PEGI 7
Release Date: TBC
A code was provided for review purposes.
I recently got the opportunity to check out the beta for the much anticipated Drake Hollow, a build and defend adventure game releasing on the Xbox One and Steam later this month. The original release date of July 17th has been pushed back due to some ‘boring and complicated issues’. So, what did I think?
First of all, what is Drake Hollow?
“Welcome to The Hollow, a blighted and dying place, and home to the Drakes.
Drakes are the friendly vegetable folk native to these parts, and they need your help. They’re hungry, thirsty, and need a place to sleep. They can – quite literally – die of boredom. It’s on you to save them. Build gardens to provide them with food, wells for water, and yoga balls and puppet shows to keep them entertained. You can even craft treadmills and solar panels to generate power for Tesla coils, electric fences, and other fortifications.”
“You’ll need robust defenses, as you’ll quickly see that The Drakes aren’t the only residents of The Hollow.
The Feral have overrun the land, evil creatures that are looking to shred anything happy or good. Battle them one-on-one with a wide array of weapons ranging from tennis rackets to nail guns, bring your friends to lend a hand, and build your defenses so you can take them out without lifting a finger.”
“Travel from region to region, season to season, taking the Drakes and their village with you. Each region is over a square mile of territory to explore, dynamically generated and populated with each passing season.
You must balance your time carefully. What supplies are most crucial at any given moment? What does your village need? Metal from the supply caches to build your defenses, or crystals from the blighted regions to grow your Drakes? Prove that you’ve got what it takes to help the Drakes and take back The Hollow.”
During my time in the Drake Hollow beta, I got to experience the first Village in the game, as well as experiencing the first few missions, enemies and of course, drakes. There was a lot to experience and explore, the camp building is fun (although a lot of things you build seem to be one-time uses and that was annoying) and the combat is smooth. It reminded me of the beginning stages of Fortnite when that originally released.
The Drakes themselves are adorable, and though I didn’t really get a feel for what they were about and what their purpose was, I was so intrigued by these creatures. I learnt that you are able to upgrade them and that they provide various uses.
From looking at a few screenshots of the game, I already knew this would be for me but I had no idea that I would get so much enjoyment out of the beta, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the full game when it releases.
Check out the trailer above and check back for our full review when the game releases.
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