Dusk developer David Szymanski has unveiled his latest project: a Gremlins-inspired retro one-session FPS game called Chop Goblins, which sees you travel back in time after the eponymous antagonists and is positioned as a “completely killer and no filler”. Following in the vein of classic games in the first-person shooter genre like Doom, Quake, Half-Life, and Daikatana, Chop Goblins features a handful of unique weapons to wield across a series of globe-trotting locations, and is coming to Steam early this year. January 2023 to ring in the New Year in style.
“You thought it would be fun to break into a nearby museum and rummage through the artifacts stored there,” reads the game’s initial description. “Little did you know that a dusty chest in the basement imprisoned the evil CHOP GOBLINS. Now they are on the loose, wreaking havoc on the world once again.” Determined to right your wrong, you embark on a chase through space and time to track down and stop the titular troublemakers in a one-shot short that Szymanski says is scaled to fit a single shoot.
He describes the game as a ‘microshooter’: “An FPS designed to be completed in a single session, without sacrificing depth, variety, or creativity in its gameplay and level design.” However, if you want to spend a little more time with Chop Goblins, fear not: Despite its estimated 30-minute runtime, Szymanski promises leaderboards, achievements, and secrets that could keep you coming back for many more hours. Even better, its short duration could make it the perfect lunchtime special for when you just want to kick back and finish off some bad guys.
Chop Goblins features five levels in a variety of time periods: a modern setting, 19th-century Transylvania, ancient Greece, and the “not-too-distant future” are all teased. You’ll also have five custom weapons to experiment with, and given Dusk’s pedigree, we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves. These range from an antique flintlock pistol to the Mk. Automatic stake gun II Impaler “Vlad”.
Chop Goblins launches on Steam on January 2, 2023. Szymanski He says that the project was initially planned as a surprise for the New Year, but decided to announce it early after concerns about changes to the discovery on Twitter following the social media platform’s recent acquisition. He adds that the planned price is $5 USD.
While you wait for Chop Goblins to arrive, we’ve got plenty more of the best indie games on PC for you to try. If you’re looking to save some money, here are the best free PC games in 2022, which should give you plenty of options to keep you busy.