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Noita - Indie Game Hidden Gems

 Before anything is said about Noita and you consider buying it, this is a difficult, difficult, difficult game and certainly not one that everyone will be able to get into. Noita is a rather unique game and not easily compara ble to many other game titles, an action/adventure roguelite game where you play as witch (or maybe a wizard) and must navigate your way through the game using wands, potions and various other odds and ends that you find along the way. Noita is a game about going down, you start each level at the top and must make your way through the caverns/levels till you reach the warp portal which ends the level. To progress through Noita you need to find and upgrade wands. Each wand you find has a certain number of slots in which you can place spells. These spells are then fired when you use the wand, meaning that the type and order of the spells that you find or buy in the game determines your attack power. This is a very simplified explanation of the main game mechanic as
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