After a long period of quiet since their last playtest, Everseed drops a surprise release of the latest version of their gameplay demo.
Known as the Path of Radiance, the latest Everseed demo brings us a new interface, new maps, new creatures, new plants, and a new upgrade system! So there is plenty to experience, even for those who have played in the previous demos.
This demo game is still only open to those who hold Ranger or Plant NFTs. Rangers are the more expensive of the two NFT types, but players can pick up an Everseed Plant for as low as 0.8 SOL (~$18 USD). Once you have an NFT in your wallet, you can access the demo at https://www.everseed.com/
This latest demo brings a number of new features to the game. First off, we have a new interface. It’s still very basic, but definitely a step up from the extreme minimalism of the previous demos. In addition, there are new Plants and new Monsters to fight. The new plants include a fire spitting plant and another that makes new stream tiles.
Also, there is now a new layer of strategic decision making when placing defenses. Aside from watering, players can now upgrade their plants via a system called Radiance. This system allows players to spend their energy on picking one of two perk selections for the plants. The perks are based on the Plant type and can be things such as more damage, greater range, that sort of thing. Each Plant can be given up to two of these upgrades.
The new Everseed demo includes a Shop, and players receive Gems when completing a map, but neither of these features have any use at the moment.
One downgrade for this demo is that players no longer get to choose their Pet companions. Instead they are auto-assigned. Hopefully this feature will return in the next demo. Until then, may your gardens grow lush and tall!
Everseed Demo Gameplay
While the larger Everseed world will feature exploration and other such stuff, the gameplay for the demos focuses on the tower defense game, where players use plants to defend against waves of incoming blighted beasts. But Everseed offers a bit more strategy than most tower defense games. The creeps don’t have set paths they follow. Instead, they take the shortest route they can to your base. Players have a mostly free choice about where to place their plants (towers), though some terrain cannot be built on. So, as the waves progress, players end up creating their own, customized gauntlet of doom for the creep waves.
Players have limited Energy to spend each round. So choosing between placing new plants, revealing hidden terrain, and watering (leveling up plants) requires some thought and planning. And since watering is an area of effect ability, finding ways to group your plants together for maximum efficiency can be important as well.
Players also choose a pet Companion to help them. Pets can move freely before the round starts, block creep pathing, and have a special ability or two.
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