The Pitch: 2D action RPG with Grecian urn art style and heavy Greek mythology influences.

Current Status: Released on PS4 and Steam

Links: Homepage, Steam

Apotheon takes Greek mythology and classic Greek art and builds an action RPG experience around it. Everything is rendered in 2D using a monochromatic color palette that changes as the game progresses.

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There are myriad different weapons to grab and to use. Each one has strengths and weaknesses. For instance, you may be able to throw a rock a short distance and cause huge damage, but using a spear gives you a much longer attack range. Shields can block hits, but require a bit of skill to time properly and can break if overused.

At SxSW Gaming, we played a quick demo of the local player-vs-player combat. It was pretty fun, but I found myself really wanting to play the campaign.. The PvP made a better demo for the show floor, though, and really helped us get a handle on the art, music, and basic mechanics of the game.

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From what I understand, exploration is a key element of the single player experience. I know after playing for a few minutes I was intrigued by the environments and really wanted to go deep and see every nook and cranny.

Bottom Line: Apotheon blends a unique and distinctive art style with rich and varied hack-n-slash combat. Give it a go if you're looking for a classy styled ARPG!

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