Ultra-Indie Daily Dose: Lianthus Asks If Horror Can Be Charming (The Answer Is Yes)
Sometimes an indie project is just so charming that I can’t not add it to the list. Today’s Daily Dose isn’t exactly scary, but it has enough horror elements that it needs to be recommended. Lianthus, released yesterday by developer Dev_Dwarf on itch.io, is a neat isometric title more visually reminiscent of EarthBound than your average skeleton-based game. What’s not to love?
Lianthus has you filling the calcium and marrow shoes of a kindly skeleton, resurrected by an equally kind witch. Armed with a fearsome femur as a club, you venture into the nearby forest, making friends and exploring. But not all is well in this whimsical world; an invasion of the Darkness is spreading. You must enter the dark realm and figure out how to save your home.
Lianthus has combat, but is not really a combat focused game. It’s more an aesthetic experience, so you’ll have to find another game for some Diablo 2-style necromancer combat. But don’t let that deter you. Lianthus has a fantastic visual style, great sound design, and great music.