• In this game, firearms are all the magic you'll need

In this game, firearms are all the magic you'll need

At first glance of Aegis Defenders, with its robed teen hero and wizened old man duo, you may think, "Wow, what a beautiful 16-bit fantasy game!"

On one account, you'd be right. This game has an undeniably gorgeous, hand painted art style that redefines what 16-bit is capable of. But on the other you'd be dead wrong, because Aegis Defenders is much closer to a post-apocalyptic tale than anything fantastical. In fact, the only "magic" you'll be wielding here are turrets and drones left over from an ancient civilization (spoiler alert: it's probably us).

After humanity suffered some unspecified calamity, the world has returned to the dark ages in Aegis Defenders. Now, microwaves are considered dark magic and robots reign as demi-gods. You play as two Ruinhunters, seeking a legendary weapon called the Aegis, in order to save your new home from Shem (one of those aforementioned artificial intelligence demi-gods.)

The main thrust of gameplay features tactical, single-player co-op tower defense. The player must switch between multiple characters of unique classes, such as Clu the Hunter and her (yes, she's a girl) grandfather Bart the Engineer. GUTS, the studio creating Aegis Defenders, plans to add an option for local co-op if they reach their first stretch goal on Kickstarter. Then all our postapocalyptic Secret of Mana dreams will have come true.