A game based on – or, more accurately, inspired by – a true story of bankruptcy doesn’t sound like it’d be a lot of fun to play. Yet Brazilian indie developers Asterstic Game Studio have created a cute, action adventure puzzle game from this very unlikely experience of financial difficulty.
Pink duck Dandy and his partner Randy, a blue, plane-flying rabbit, are archeologists who owe a significant amount of money to a big bank.
Struggling to repay their debt and on the brink of bankruptcy, they find a flyer that promises them riches on a faraway island. With their financial issues mounting, they have no choice but to check out this mysterious land for themselves.
Both single player and co-op modes are on offer, allowing players to take on the challenge alone or with a friend.
The game features plenty of equipment that’ll open up new areas; the influence of classic top-down Zelda titles is clear, with items such as a boomerang, hammer and hookshot on offer to open up new areas – as well as assist the duo in finding the money that’ll hopefully set them on a path to financial freedom.
However, numerous puzzles, enemies and bosses, including Otto the Octopus, Bruno the Bear and Natalia NoGood – all part of the NoGood Pirate gang – stand in their way.
With gorgeous pixel art graphics and a superb chiptune soundtrack, Dandy & Randy DX looks like the perfect title for retro gamers looking for a new, yet familiar experience.
Popular, prolific indie publisher Ratalaika Games are handling the digital release of Dandy & Randy DX for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, Steam/PC and Nintendo Switch – and it’ll be released on April 29th 2022. Stay tuned for our incoming review!
Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
Outside of video games, Jason is a keen tabletop gamer, film buff and comic book fan.