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Bloodroots is like Hotline Miami with brutal lumberjacks – where axes, house plants and carrots are your weapons

I like to die because I like to try again. When these forces work together, your progress begins to form satisfying cycles and patterns. A loop of fast hiccups and fast retries. Each kill becomes a painful but useful micro-lesson to avoid a failure to release the dopamine cycle. Few games outside of Super Meat Boy and Hotline Miami really feel that way, but the relentless PC and console action game Bloodroots is about to give it a try.

The problem with Hotline Miami, which Bloodroots borrowed from, is that the death/retry loop is usually one of mine because I’m stuck. I find a character that works for me, I want to find and hold the longest weapon or touch item and use it over and over again.

Bloodroots differs from Hotline Miami in more than just style and setting: it’s an old American West revenge tale in which you play a shrewd lumberjack from hell, but it’s designed in a way to avoid getting into replay safety. Weapons play a big role in keeping the game loop fresh, but more on that later. Besides Hotline Miami, Papercult from Quebec told me more about his inspirations, including The Revenant (I was promised to beat the bears) and Jackie Chan. The hallmark of a great Jackie Chan fight sequence is how he weaves objects around the choreographed stage. It’s this kind of improvisation in Bloodroots that really makes the game so much smoother, and how fluid it is to pick one of the many potential weapons to keep the fight going.

(Image credit: Papercult)

While I was able to play in the woodlands, more environments are promised as the lumberjack begins his quest, from snowy mountains to deserts (yes, you can use cacti as weapons). The amazing detailing used to make each weapon feel so different makes the game one that keeps you thinking about not only what’s going to happen next, but what to do next when Jackie goes through his enemies.

Bloodroots will launch on PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC in September.

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Bloodroots is like Hotline Miami with brutal lumberjacks – where axes, house plants and carrots are your weapons

I love dying. Because I love retrying. When these forces work in tandem, your progress starts to form satisfying loops and patterns. A cycle of quick setbacks and rapid retries. Each death becomes a painful-but-purposeful micro-lesson in how to avoid failure releasing a cycle of dopamine hits. Few games have managed to truly get this feeling right, apart from the likes of Super Meat Boy and Hotline Miami, but the utterly-relentless PC and console action game Bloodroots is about to try. 
The problem with Hotline Miami – from which Bloodroots draws inspiration – is that its die / retry loop is usually one of my own making, because I fall into routine. I find the character that works for me, the gun or melee item I want to find and keep the longest, and I just use that over and over. 

Bloodroots deviates from Hotline Miami in more than just style and setting – it’s an old timey American West revenge story where you play a buff as hell lumberjack – but in the way it’s designed to stop you falling into the safety of repetition. Weapons play a huge role in keeping the gameplay loops fresh, but more of that later. Besides Hotline Miami, the Quebec-based Papercult talks me through even more of their inspirations, ranging from The Revenant (I’m promised a bear fight), and Jackie Chan. The hallmark of a great Jackie Chan fight sequence is how he weaves together the objects around a setting into the choreography. It’s this improvisation in Bloodroots that really makes the game, and how fluid it is to pick up one of the many potential weapons lying around to keep the fight going.

(Image credit: Papercult)
While I got to play through a forested area, more environments are promised as your lumberjack goes on his quest, from snowy mountains to deserts (yes you can use a cactus as a weapon). The sheer detail that’s gone into making every weapon feel so different makes for a game where you’re constantly wondering not only what comes next, but what you’re going to be able to do next, as you Jackie Chan your way through enemies.
Bloodroots launches this September on PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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