Science Fiction and fairy tales don't mix… right? Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime by Spiritus Games hopes to change that. Fabular is a "medieval space folktale with action-RPG and roguelike influences," and it brings the best of both worlds to the table. The game uses beautiful pixel graphics to tell an epic tale of outer space folklore and mythology that draws heavily on medieval influences. Your spaceship might be propelling itself through outer space, but battles are up-close and personal using shields, axes, swords, and whatever else you have at your disposal.

With an ever-changing story, this roguelike medieval space adventure is definitely one to look out for.

A healthy dose of futurism

The idea to merge past and future is not just a gimmick -- it plays an important role in the story. The background of the universe and environment has been in development for over two years, and it's so detailed at this point that it "easily goes beyond the scope of this game," says Milan Batowski, one of the team of three that makes up Spiritus Games. When the team was starting out, all they knew was that they wanted to work together to make a space game.

You guide the story

The story in Fabular only has a beginning and and end. It's up to you to create everything in between. The flow of the game is "directed by the actions of the player. The game focuses a lot on replayability and it means that each playthrough is a little different, even story-wise." You pilot a ship propelled by the power of a small sun through a "node-based starmap." Each new node has "a chance to generate a text-based random event" with multiple choices to choose from.

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Your decision determines the direction the story takes from there. Along the way you also encounter alchemy, and magical beings like fairies and giants.

Battles require reflexes and strategic thinking, and are focused on melee inspired by medieval times (think more axes, less guns). Ranged attacks are used sparingly, for tactical purposes. Following each successful battle, you can manage your ship, adding upgrades and items.

It's a game that throws a lot of genres together, and creates a balance between them all. Milan describes the game as "somewhere between an action RPG (Diablo, Path of Exile) and a modern roguelike game (FTL: Faster than Light, Hand of Fate) with real-time controlled battles thrown in there as well (Star Control)."

To Kickstarter and beyond

Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime is currently in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game is done with pre-production, and has been greenlit on Steam.