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More substantive commentary will be coming later: I'm new to both the game and to the Itchio service in general, and it's a late evening for me. My commentary will be based on my own experience and video I've seen (such as the recent Polygon preview of the PS4 version).

First major balance concern: I'm finding it interesting (in a bad way) that this game is missing the Roguelike staple of a 'wait one turn' function. There's no way to idle without moving, which combined with the erratic enemy movement makes the time-cycling mechanic punishing without benefits.

Looting taking a turn is more good-interesting than the above, but still doesn't feel great. There's not a notable risk-reward element caused by it 99% of the time, and the 1% where it causes issues it's a frustrating nightmare.

I personally like both of these mechanics, but I've also played quite a bit of Crypt of the Necrodancer, where waiting a turn is a special skill as well.

Yeah, but with Necrodancer it makes a lot more sense because the game is based on the musical rhythm and the timing of things outside of the turn order. Here it's just frustrating, especially when combined with the unorthodox hex-based map.

While looting takes a turn, decompiling from the ground does not. So I now make sure that I need to pick up a card before I loot it.