Spirit Island Coming to Steam Early Access April 16

Another day, another app post.

One day, this blog will get back to face to face board gaming.

But in the mean time, the wonderful folks at Handelabra Games announced over the long weekend that Spirit Island, the cooperative game where players are the natives of an island trying to resist being encroached on by horrible colonizers, will be coming to Steam Early Access on April 16.

How do I know this?

Well, this showed up in my email box on Friday.

Spirit Island
All images in this post taken from the email

So I think I’m safe in saying that this is a thing.

I’ve only played Spirit Island once and I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t a game that really hit all of my “I must play this again!” buttons. It was a big hit when it came out in 2017 (by Greater Than Games and designed by R. Eric Reuss) and it’s still pretty popular. (Editor – “That’s an understatement, it’s #13 on Boardgame Geek!)

In Spirit Island, players are spirits of the land, helping their people survive and fight back as hordes of colonizing invaders spread across the land attempting to settle themselves and wipe out the native population.

Handelabra has done marvelous things with Sentinels of the Multiverse, Bottom of the 9th, and Aeon’s End, so I’m sure this one will also have that neat polish that they always give their games.

At least initially.

Spirit Island 2

When it first arrives on Steam, it will allow you to play the full game with 1-4 spirits and will include all of the power cards, scenarios, and 2 adversaries.

Later, as time goes by, they will add the following (all taken from the email):

  • An interactive tutorial (Go read the rules until then!)
  • More animations and visual effects
  • Extended music and sound effects
  • Card Library Screen
  • England adversary
  • Thematic island boards
  • Steam Achievements

As with all Early Access games, there will be bugs and improvements needed, so definitely keep in touch with them about anything that you find.

Spirit Island 3

The screenshots already look pretty good, but I’m sure Handelabra will be improving the graphics as well.

If you’re one of the many people who love this game (and judging by Boardgame Geek, there are a lot of you), then give this one a try when it comes out. What else do you have to do when you are avoiding going out and meeting other people?

I know I will be checking it out.

Also, during the first week, you will get a 15% discount off of its normal price.

No guarantee, though I think this is often the case, but even the “normal” price will probably be a discount off of what you will pay if you wait until it’s perfect and fully launched.

What have you got to lose?

Besides your tranquil island paradise, anyway.

Are you excited by this?

Let me know in the comments.


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