Developer - Ryan Kwok
Publisher - Ryan Kwok
Release - 2019
website - fullsparedice.itch.io/cargocult
The digital age was coming to an end, and the world was on the cusp of a biogenetic Enlightenment. The remaining species have been left to fight over the throne.
The advanced materials of the ancients did not deteriorate, accumulating in a valley of garbage. It became a coveted natural resource for the local wastelanders and quickly grew into a warzone known as the Trash Dunes.
The protagonist is born a clone, as most species are, into captivity as a gladiator. From the arena, the player can choose to either battle your friends in local versus, escape which begins the main game, or fight for your freedom which entails a cooperative horde mode.
Fleeing from your creators, you commandeer a ship to travel beyond the Trash Dunes, across the waste world in search of safety.
Splice your genes to gain abilities, combine mutations to create hybrids. But beware, some combinations have unintended side-effects.
Created by Humans during early stages of cybernetics. A boneless organism with a robotic skeleton. Designed to combine the precision and intelligence of machine with the flexibility of life. Achieved neither. It is a widely accepted notion that Senseless don't have souls.
The High Human claim to be the true descendants of humankind, but the resemblance is hard to spot. Through years of inbreeding, radioactivity, and genetic drift they've been reduced to mere worm-creatures and lumps of flesh. Intolerant and fragile, they tend to arm themselves heavily to compensate for their physical vulnerability.
Ancient laws enforced safeguards against robots from becoming too intelligent. Exosuits automatically shut off when they aren't worn and did not fall under this jurisdiction. It just took one self-aware virus to cause an epidemic. The problem became more complicated when they became smart enough to replicate themselves, and to override their own kill switches with corpses.
Created in the image of their lost rulers, these robots are ironically the most human-looking of the wastelanders. They've become obsessed and even worship humankind, who they believe hold the secrets to unlocking their intelligence cap.