Digital storefronts like the App Store have paved the way for solo developers to get their passion projects in front of the world, and I’m always blown away by the types of quality experiences that are the result of just a single person. One of the most impressive examples of this is Nimian Legends: Brightridge from developer Robert Kabwe aka Protopop Games. Originally launching in 2014, Brightridge offered a gorgeous open world to explore and get lost in, but lacked most of the traditional story elements and structure we’ve come to expect from open-world RPGs. It was more just about enjoying the scenery. In 2016 a remastered version of the game called Nimian Legeds: Brightridge HD ($3.99) was released, and over the past few years that game has been updated with all sorts of different missions and story elements, finally bringing it more in line with a traditional entry in the genre. Little did we know that Protopop had a whole plan mapped out in his head for the Nimian Legends series, and in January we posted about the follow-up title Nimian Legends: Vandgels. Here’s the most recent, and stunning, trailer.

Back in January Protopop was looking for beta testers to take Vandgels for a spin, and the game has pretty much been in open beta ever since for anybody looking to try it out. However, this past weekend Protopop announced that Vandgels is finally all finished up, and he’d like to once again get some more people play testing the final product to smooth out any rough edges ahead of the official launch. If playing a gorgeous, open-world game for free sounds like your cup of tea, then mash away at this public Testflight link on your iOS device and check out the beta build of Vandgels for yourself. You can offer up any feedback directly through Testflight or drop your thoughts in the thread in our forums. We will be eagerly awaiting a final release date for Nimian Legends: Vandgels, and with a third and fourth entry already brewing in Protopop’s brain I’m really looking forward to where the entire series heads in the future.

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Author: Jared Nelson