Pixel Art Survival RPG Highrisers Lands on Steam

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Developer Solar Powered Games and publisher Assemble Entertainment have just launched Highrisers on Steam. Normally priced at $13.99, there is also a “Save the World” edition, where 10% of proceeds are donated to the International Rescue Committee. This helps provide aid in Yemen.

The pixel art RPG drops you into a high rise city as the undead apocalypse unfolds. The streets far below you are flooded with hordes of “Dreamers”. These are humans trapped in an eternal dream by a strange prion disease. Meanwhile, those who yet survive have holed up on the top floors of skyscrapers. You’ll have to make dangerous expeditions to the lower floors to scavenge for supplies, crafting materials, and helicopter parts. Those chopper parts might just be your key to survival!


Highrisers doesn’t put you in charge of just one character, but rather four survivors. Each character has their own abilities, such as the tech-savvy young Jes. Each survivor also has a unique personality and a sizable skill tree. Unlock new skills to expand your possibilities and improve your odds. You’ll need all the help you can get when you venture down into the danger zone for food, tools, weapon materials, and spare parts. The broken-down HC-27 helicopter on the roof may be your only way out of this dying city before the disease takes you too!

The press release also highlights some of the main features of Highrisers:

  • Research, Scavenge, Craft: Gain the knowledge needed to craft the right supplies and head down into the darkness below to get them. From clubs to crossbows and tools to medicine, everything you need to survive the night is just a few floors away — just watch out for the locals, they’re not super friendly.


  • This Building Was Different Last Time: Procedurally generated skyscrapers ensure a fresh experience each trip, but also forces your survivors to stay on their toes as they hunt for supplies in an ever-changing and always dangerous environment.


  • Build Your Skills, Not Your Resume: Each character features a deep and robust skill tree that unlocks new recipes, perks, and abilities.


  • We Are Like the Dreamer who Dreams: The savage somnambulators that wander the lower floors are not to be trifled with; you’ll need all your wits and tools to lure them, fight them, immobilize them, hide from them, deter them, and stall them until the survivors get those precious spare parts to fix the helicopter and live to see another day!


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Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.