Rustler is an indie game currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and it’s probably one of the best we’ve looked at so far. Years ago it used to be that any game that had an open world and let the player explore, doing whatever they wanted whenever they wanted, was ‘like GTA‘. Now games have evolved, and we understand that most open world games are not actually anything like the Grand Theft Auto series. Rustler breaks the mould, and is exactly like a Grand Theft Auto game if it was set in Medeival times. Check out the trailer for the game below and read on for more details.
In Rustler players are a lowborn thug, someone whose parents were terrible with names, so they named you Guy (sorry to all the Guys out there). Your best mate is called Buddy, and your boss is called Herb, and together you generally find any way to make money as fast as possible, though activities that are mostly illegal. One day you stumble upon an invitation to the Grand Tournament, and you decide you’re going to fake your nobility so that you can enter.
Winning the tournament is so much less important than how. Guy will need to go on bonkers adventures, completing silly tasks like convincing some Flat-Earthers that the Earth is in fact round, firing one of them out of a trebuchet, head out on a warpath with a superhero named Iron-Maiden, and help the Knights of the Holy Grail on their quest to make the very best moonshine. This is just the tip of the iceberg though.
Complete Freedom In An Open World
If the story isn’t for you, then there’s a lot more to do in this game. The game is rooted in the old GTA games in so many ways, from the top down camera, to the amazing stables that allow you to avoid the authorities by riding into them on a horse that gets a new paint job to disguise you. You can make Guy hit as many people as possible, using whatever’s at hand, but if that sounds dull as well then there are minigames to play. Illegal Medieval Martial Arts, Jousting, and Corpse Collecting are all side activities that you can take part in to earn some cash and pass the time.
One of my favourite features of Rustler is the fact that you can hire a bard to be your personal soundtrack. Songs change dynamically depending on the situation, and if you get bored of him you can just punch him in the face, steal his lute, and beat him to death with it.
How’s It Looking?
At the time of writing the Kickstarter campaign (check it out here) is at £2,741 of the required £14,455 with 28 days to go. Almost every reward tier offers access to the alpha version of the game, which is pretty impressive for a game on Kickstarter. This is encouraging, showing that the developers, Games Operators (who also developed 911 Operator), have really put the effort in to have something to give to backs straight away. There are some nice reward tiers, but no physical rewards. I think that this stands a good chance to getting fully funded, and possibly funded way beyond that. Rustler feels a lot like the games along the same line as Goat Simulator, fun and mad to play. These games generally do quite well with YouTubers and streamers too, and I can see it being a big hit on all streaming platforms when someone takes it there. Let us know if you’re backing Rustler in the comments.