Soulash is a roguelite turn-based RPG with a heavy focus on exploration. Not only does it look old-school, but also it will smack you down faster than Ninja Gaiden on NES if you’re not careful. There are a ton of things to keep in mind about this game, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it to be a gratifying experience.
For all you beginners to Soulash, we’ve got five essential tips to help you get started.
Your Race Matters
Character creation is pretty straightforward in Soulash. Picking your race and profession aren’t exactly rocket science-level choices. However, your race will affect a great deal of how you behave and adapt to your environment in this game, making it a significant decision. Almost every race has its own needs when it comes to survival. For example, Vampires quench their thirst with blood while Liches require life force. Therefore, the way you go about keeping yourself ticking is significantly different. If all of these options seem overwhelming, then you should start with Human. Their survival needs are simple to understand and are designed to ease you into Soulash’s unique experience.
Understand Your Stats
Speaking of understanding, getting to know how stats work in this title is also vital for progression. There are five stats, Strength, Endurance, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Willpower. By picking a profession, you’ll see some stats are increased while others remain unaffected. That’s your first clue as to which you should be focusing. Your race will also add or reduce these stats. It’s not worth adding points to stats that aren’t affected by these choices. However, Willpower is a bit of an exception. This stat is your defense against non-physical attacks, meaning magic. Even if your profession doesn’t give you points in this stat, you’ll want to dedicate some of your own, so you don’t get one-shotted by simple spells.
Watch Where You’re Facing
Movement in Soulash can feel a bit tricky at first because of its orientation mechanics. The direction you face is marked with a blue arrow, and your line-of-sight is indicated by a revealing area in that direction. You can orient yourself then use the movement keys to move forward, backward, and strafe based on where you’re facing. However, this means that any areas around you that aren’t in your LoS will be hidden, allowing enemies to potentially sneak up on you. It’s essential to keep your head on a swivel and check all directions frequently, especially when venturing into dangerous territories.
Focus on Exploration
Exploration is at the heart of Soulash. Each run generates a massive map filled with points of interest and places to investigate. Most of these are marked with colored question marks and exclamation points. Blue and Yellow question marks will indicate areas you can probably explore without much worry, while a red exclamation point means you could get chopped up by some nasties. During the early stages of your run, you should cautiously focus on the former, as these places will give you more resources that’ll help you deal with whatever hell the red markers have in store for you.
Stock Up on Food & Drink
A big part of Soulash is managing your hunger and thirst. As we stated earlier, how these can be replenished varies significantly from one race to the next. No matter what you’re playing, it’s crucial to have yourself fully stocked up with supplies before venturing forward. Coming across a watering hole or a place to cook is a roll of the dice, meaning you can’t count on your destination having resources and facilities for you to use. Take the time to craft and stock up food and drink that gives you the highest amount at your current level. It’ll be one less thing to worry about when you’re knee-deep in a precariously dark forest of unfriendly settlement.