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Arto

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Freedom Games
Developer: Orion Games
Release Date: May 1, 2023

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'Arto' Launches Kickstarter Campaign - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 7, 2023 @ 8:58 a.m. PST

Arto is a challenging third-person action experience is set in a warped world devoid of color.

Inspired by Okami and Hyper Light Drifter, Arto sees players battle challenging enemies and banish brutal bosses in intense hack n’ slash encounters as they take on vividly colored beasts or battle adversaries drenched in shadow.

From pixel to pop-art and everything in between, each of Arto’s six worlds have their own unique themes, playstyles, visual perspectives, challenges and bosses. As you adventure through, each of these locations becomes a kaleidoscope of color one step at a time.

Arm yourself with a varied arsenal of weapons and spells to unlock and upgrade, and the magic ability to shoot beams of paint. You’ll begin a journey through wildly different biomes – each is presented in different perspectives and art styles and brings different gameplay mechanics to the experience!

With a branching narrative and a variety endings, multiple weapons and character upgrades as well as a cast of vibrant characters, Arto invites players to uncover the mysteries of the Chromaclysm, a past event that shattered the world and leached all color.

The Chromaclysm has broken and desaturated the world. The Chromatic Divinities are enfeebled, powerless to restore Color, the fabric of all life and expression. The Apostles, who serve the Divinities, have proven unfit to lead without their gods. Their respective biomes, called Artos, have descended into chaos. Your choices will determine whether the world will continue on this path of destruction or be saved.

Indie development studio OrionGames has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund Arto, looking for $10,000.

Your very presence brings back Color to the world, step by step – but you’ll need more than walking to overcome the challenges that lie in front of you. Luckily, you have a vast array of weapons and magical powers at your disposal that you can unlock and upgrade, on top of your ability to shoot beams of Color and create your own spells, to aid you in your journey.

Each biome in this world introduces unique themes, playstyles, and creatures: from Warhol-esque pop-art worlds, pixel-art neon-lit scenarios or cubist vector landscapes, you’ll fight against insect swarms, face demons, ghosts, and shadows, or explore impossible, dreamlike places as you avoid deadly tornadoes.

What kind of world is this, and what happened to all the Color? Who are you, who has the power to refill the world’s vibrant hues? Unveil the mysteries of this world and its history interacting with many original characters, exploring a sprawling branching narrative with multiple endings.

Key Features:

  • A colorful hack-n-slash action-RPG.
  • A vast array of weapons and magical powers.
  • The magical ability to shoot paint beams.
  • Unique themes, playstyles, and creatures.
  • Unveil the mysteries of this world and its history.
  • Explore a sprawling branching narrative with multiple endings.

Arto is coming to PC (Steam) in April 2023.


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