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‘Lenna’s Inception’ Is an Indie Adventure With a Twist

  • A kingdom is in desperate need of a hero.
  • But, that hero was just crushed by falling rocks…
  • That means it’s up to YOU to face this new threat.

January 17th is going to be a busy Friday. People are going to be prepping for another weekend of NFL playoffs, gamers and anime fans will likely be diving into Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and who knows what else is going on. There’s even going to be something for those looking for a new indie game to sink their teeth into, and it’s arriving in the form of Lenna’s Inception on Steam and Itch.io.

 

I want you to think back to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Soak in the artstyle of the era, the gameplay, the standard-yet-lovable concepts of good versus evil. Now imagine that at the start of the game, instead of Link going on an epic adventure remembered fondly for years to come, he was crushed by falling debris. That’s a jarring and abrupt end to a hero’s journey, isn’t it? Well, where one journey ends another begins, and it’s the basis for Lenna’s Inception. For this world, that is very much a not-so-subtle nod to the Kingdom of Hyrule; the hero dies, and it’s instead up to the would-be tutor to take up the mantle.

However, things are not at all as they seem. The threat is not as traditional, but to the inhabitants of the world it seems otherworldly. To the player, we see them as glitches. We’ll actually see glitches in the environment as a gameplay aspect, and not an unintentional technical difficulty, as a world begins falling apart, and only Lenna can stop it. Below, you will find the features of Lenna’s Inception as listed on the Steam page.

Team up with a friend. Make peace with Shadow Lenna to enjoy the game in local co-op multiplayer!

Play again (and again). With two graphical styles, multiple endings, multiple boss forms, and procedural generation, you won’t see everything in a single playthrough!

Challenge yourself. Speed through the daily challenge dungeon with no sword, with only three hearts, or without taking a single hit. Show off a GIF of your playthrough on the connected leaderboard afterwards!

Recruit companions. Will you choose Henrietta, the free-range chicken with a vendetta, or perhaps Gourdon, the sentient pumpkin? (4 to discover).

One feature that’s not listed, but is mentioned in both the game description and seen in the trailer, is the ability to play in 8-bit or 32-bit artstyles, both of which are looking pretty good, even among all the hyper-realistic graphics of the day. Will you be checking out Lenna’s Inception when it drops next Friday?

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  1. Thanks for the suggestion! It’s plain to see but I very much like Zelda! I loved A Link to the Past and will definitely check this out!

    A good indie suggestion in the same direction as A Link to the Past mixed with Wind Waker is Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas. It’s really good!

  2. Am I the only one who is bored to tears by 8 bit? Indies, you have no excuse after Hollow Knight.

    • Sasquatch8600 on January 13, 2020 at 5:16 pm said

      When they are literally going after the Link to the Past art style I don’t see a problem with it, I think the question that needs to be asked is “How would the gameplay be enhanced by changing/improving the graphics? ” With this game I don’t believe any aspect of the game would be improved by changing the graphic style (beyond the inherent system in game that lets you switch between 8bit and 32bit) especially based on the obvious source of inspiration for the game.

    • It’s not like there’s a shortage of games that don’t employ pixel art.

  3. Brandon Clark on January 15, 2020 at 3:54 am said

    Good read! This game looks and sounds awesome! *Added to wishlist* 🙂

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