During one of my customary game-spelunking expeditions, I caught sight of a strange and beautiful mock-up glinting in the deep. On closer examination, it turned out to be Terra Incognita, a strategy roguelike inspired by Jules Verne stories and the tales of real-world 19th century explorers.
What is Terra Incognita, you ask? The developer (who wishes to remain anonymous) describes it like so:
Terra Incognita is a roguelike-strategy-puzzle-game set in the late 19th century in which you will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before.
Accompanied by some of the world’s best scientists, you’ll travel through deep, lush jungles, wade through cursed swamps, explore peculiar caves and cross deadly deserts, all while encountering exotic native tribes and menacing wildlife that defies any explanation.
Also, I just feel compelled to point out here that one of the planned character classes is “Rabbi.” For real.
Here is the official List o’ Features:
Explore procedurally generated worlds with many different biomes, each with its own distinctive set of challenges for the ambitious explorer.
Plan and equip your trek with gear, weapons, scientists, porters, pack animals and much more. A good explorer is prepared for any eventuality.
Manage your resources to keep your trek alive and morale high. Balance your need for food and water with the desire to carry all that precious treasure back home.
Visit and interact with the land’s natives. Enter villages, trade and communicate with local tribes and civilizations that are unknown to mankind.
Loot mysterious temple ruins to gain fame and treasures, but watch out for deadly traps and curses that will compromise your men and the whole world around you.
Equip and utilize miraculous treasures to gain advantages, but be wary of unforeseeable side effects.
Fight and defend your trek against a wide range of wild animals, mystical creatures, cannibals, zombies and even dinosaurs.
Finally, here are some more mock-ups showing the game’s planned graphical style.
Terra Incognita is planned for release sometime in 2013 for PC and “tablet devices.” (That schedule seems a touch overambitious to me, but hey–what do I know.)
Below the jump, we have exclusive bonus details about the game for you to read. Check it out!