Yggdrasil is a beat em' up platformer designed by Laughball Interactive for the V², featuring several cooking and farming elements as well. Players can traverse through procedurally generated levels to hunt monsters and gather ingredients, and then return home to cook up dishes that can be used to gain buffs, or gifted to NPCs in exchange for new weapons and tools.
In Yggdrasil, players control Syzele, a huntress with a variety of skills and tools at her disposal. The primary focuses of Yggdrasil are hunting down enemies across the six 'tiers' of the world tree, and using ingredients you acquire along the way to cook. Different recipes will increase your abilities in different ways, and as you progress further, you'll find higher quality ingredients and more exotic recipes.
In addition to cooking for yourself, you can give food away to the townsfolk and visitors of Rhoston, allowing you to upgrade your weaponry, unlock new ones, or receive other gifts. Different people have different preferences in food, so preparing the right dish is key to getting the best gear.
When out hunting, Syzele can jump by tapping the button (or the right bottom trigger), and tapping it again will allow her to double jump or climb up nearby ledges. She can attack using the (or right inner trigger) for light attacks and the button (or left inner trigger) for heavy attacks, with different weapons featuring different combos. Four weapons can be mapped to the for quick usage, and the rest are located in the paused menu, along with Syzele's 24-slot inventory of ingredients.
The button (or left bottom trigger) is a situational action command; when in the middle of a combo, it can quickly be tapped to block incoming enemy attacks, although a poorly timed block will stun Syzele momentarily. If Syzele is holding any dishes, you can hit to start eating, although some larger dishes will leave Syzele vulnerable while she eats. Using the Center Scroll Wheel allows you to tilt the camera around slightly to scout ahead.
Yggdrasil is divided into six "Tiers", each with 8 regular levels, a Ruin, and a Sanctuary where bosses are fought. To unlock new levels, Syzele must locate a Shrine and leave three ingredients there. Ruins can be unlocked by finding a well-hidden Stone Tablet, and Sanctuaries are automatically unlocked after your first visit to that tier's Ruin.
Each ingredient Syzele finds has up to three associated flavors out of a total of six - Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty, Savory, and Spicy. These flavors will boost Syzele's stats in certain ways.
- Sweetness increases Syzele's agility, letting her move faster and jump higher.
- Sourness increases Syzele's defense, letting her resist more damage.
- Bitterness increases Syzele's attack power, letting her hit harder.
- Saltiness increases Syzele's resourcefulness, giving her a chance to forage extra ingredients.
- Savoriness increases Syzele's HP, letting her last longer without having to return home to rest.
- Spiciness increases Syzele's attack speed, letting her hit faster.
Eating basic ingredients provides temporary stay boosts while hunting, but cooking them up together allows her to gain permanent upgrades, which can be measured in Syzele's status menu. Relying too much on one flavor makes your other stats weaker, so a balanced diet is crucial to utilizing your full potential.
Recipes are unlocked by clearing levels under certain conditions; generally speaking, most levels have two or three recipes to unlock. Recipes call for specific ingredients, but Syzele can often substitute basic ingredients for more powerful Grade-A, Grade-A+, and Grade-S variants.
Cooking in Yggdrasil is done through a variety of minigames, with higher quality recipes requiring both more minigames and better performance. Each minigames can be practiced at any time at Syzele's home without wasting actual ingredients. The minigames include:
- Stir: Rotate the thumbsticks in varying directions to stir up batter or sauce.
- Tenderize: Mash and (or the inner triggers) to soften up tough ingredients.
- Chop: Use (or the right bottom trigger) to chop up ingredients while using to carefully move your knife.
- Heat Up: Use the center scroll wheel to adjust your stove's temperature, making sure not to undercook or burn your ingredients.
The Huntress of Rhoston
|A young woman from Rhoston, seeking to restore both her world and the ancient tradition of Milli Heima's huntresses. Syzele is incredibly focused and dedicated to the greater good, but can sometimes be a little stubborn and competitive.||Foraging|
Syzele can forage for organic ingredients on the ground and in trees.
Each level in Yggdrasil is semi-procedurally generated; the general shape and distinct features of a level will always be present, but the terrain, plant life, and enemy selection will vary. Once a level is entered, it will keep its layout until Syzele rests or defeats a boss.
Tier 1: Salted Wilds
|Name||Info||Plants and Minerals||Enemies|
|A peaceful, windy field on the outskirts of town. There's a couple small hills here and there and plenty of wildlife, making it a perfect area for beginners to practice in.||Sunset Apples (100%)|
Wild Kale (100%)
Mana Fruit (33%)
Green Jelgly (80%)
|Once a thriving farm, these fields have been abandoned ever since Milli Heima began to shatter. There's a large barn to the west and plentiful crops to the east, but watch out for enemies lurking in the wheat fields.||Sunset Apples (100%)|
Tier 2: Boiling Falls
|Osseoar||These wild boars live on a calcium-rich diet, with bones as strong as steel. They'll try to run you down with their spiked tusks and horns, but if they hit an obstacle, they'll get stuck, giving you a good opening to attack. Osseoars are often found close together, but they won't gang up on you unless a Chief Osseoar's leading the charge.||Osseoar Pork (100%)|
Osseoar Tusk (20%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5)|
|Clambeibo||These mischievous little tree-dwelling rodents have a set of six prehensile tails on their backs, letting them hang freely from trees. They'll drop down to attack you and hide away quickly, so try to hit them quickly. If there's fruit in their tree, they'll toss them as projectiles, so keep an eye out.||Clambeibo Tails (100%)||Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4)|
|Fleffum||These strange lizards are covered from head to toe in a soft coat of feathers. They live close to the ground and can fluff up their feathers to soften any damage they take, so a sneak attack is key. Their brightly colored feathers draw a lot of attention, so if you set these little guys off, nearby beasts may attack too.||Fleffum Legs (100%)||Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5, T1-7)|
|Chief Osseoar||These Osseoars have become tough with age and now lead their own pack. They're a lot bigger than the average Osseoars, and they can deal more damage, but their basic attack patterns are similar. Nearby Osseoars will follow a Chief Osseoar into battle though, so approach with caution.||Osseoar Pork (100%)|
Grade-A Osseoar Pork (50%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5)|
|Grainstepper||These mysterious lanky beings can perfectly disguise themselves as stalks of Goldengrain and will remain still for years in the fields, for unknown purposes. If you hit one while chopping down wheat, it'll quickly reveal its true gigantic stature and attempt to run away.||Goldengrain (100%)|
Prism Dust (100%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-2, T1-3, T1-4)|
|Green Jelgly||These vivid green slimes are one of the many native breeds of Jelglies inhabiting Yggdrasil. They tend to live in fields and forests, gathering nutrients from fresh fruit. Green Jelglies move fast and can slow you down, but they don't pack a big punch, so they're fairly easy to fend off.||Green Jelgly Slime (100%)|
Jelglied Fruit (10%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-3, T1-4)|
|Orange Jelgly||These vivid orange slimes are one of the many native breeds of Jelglies inhabiting Yggdrasil. They tend to live in caves and plains, slowly absorbing nutrients from the ground. Orange Jelglies are one of the slowest breeds, but they can drain your HP, so approach them with caution.||Orange Jelgly Slime (100%)|
Jelglied Salt (10%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-5, T1-6)|
|Jelgly Pile||Jelglies have a natural tendency to try and huddle together, and on some rare occasions will merge into one gigantic Jelgly Pile. The Jelgly Pile can only move by rolling at you, but if you get run over, you'll be afflicted with one of the status effects the individual Jelglies dish out.||Green Jelgly Slime (20%)|
Orange Jelgly Slime (20%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5, T1-6)|
|Osseoar Pork||Savory / Spicy|
Delicious meat dropped by Osseoars. Used in several basic recipes.
|Grade-A Osseoar Pork (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Osseoar Pork (Gourmet)
You can't really eat these spiked tusks on their own... they taste faintly salty if you dare to try, though.
Savory lean meat dropped plentifully by Clambeibos. These are good for basic side dishes.
|Grade-A Clambeibo Tails (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Clambeibo Tails (Gourmet)
Easily cooked meat dropped by Fleffums. They're easy to stockpile and prepare.
|Grade-A Fleffum Legs (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Fleffum Legs (Gourmet)
|Mana Fruit||Random flavor|
The mysterious fluffy fruit that grows on all Yggdrasil trees. Its flavor changes from day to day, so it's a very versatile ingredient.
|Grade-A Mana Fruit (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Mana Fruit (Gourmet)
|Foraging (lower Tiers)|
Yggdrasil branches (higher Tiers)
|Sunset Apples||Sweet / Bitter|
Juicy red apples, as radiant as a sunset. They're plentiful in the lower Tiers and make a good snack.
|Grade-A Sunset Apples (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Sunset Apples (Gourmet)
Fresh wild Kale. It's rather bitter, but it tastes great in a salad.
Tasty wild arugula. For a leafy plant, it tastes strangely peppery.
Delicious wild garlic. It's probably a bad idea to eat it by the clove, but it makes a fine seasoning.
Guess how it tastes! This mineral makes a good seasoning for plenty of dishes.
|Green Jelgly Slime||Sweet|
A flask of overwhelmingly sweet Green Jelgly residue, packed with nutrition. Thin enough to use in drinks, thick enough to use as a sauce.
|Orange Jelgly Slime||Salty|
A jar of incredibly salty Orange Jelgly residue, packed with nutrition. You probably wouldn't feel great drinking it, but it makes an excellent sauce or glaze.
|Jelglied Fruit||Sweet / Random flavor|
Aw man, some Jelglies got to this fruit before you! You can still taste the sweetness, but there's definitely an aftertaste too.
|Jelglied Salt||Salty / Random flavor|
Aw darn, some Jelglies got to this salt before you! You can still taste the saltiness, but there's definitely an aftertaste too.
|Osseoar Roast||Savory / Spicy / Sweet|
Delicious roasted Osseoar pork, with a light apple glaze. It's easy to make and the ingredients are pretty common, so it's a great way to fuel up for adventure.
|1 Osseoar Pork (any quality)|
2 Sunset Apples
|Chop up Sunset Apples|
Heat up Osseoar Pork
|Finish Jade Fields|
|Field Salad||Bitter / Spicy / Salty|
A tasty fresh salad made from simple ingredients you can find out in the fields.
|2 Wild Kales|
2 Wild Arugulas
|Chop up Wild Kale|
Chop up Wild Arugula
|Finish Jade Fields|
|Huntress Stew||Savory / Spicy / Salty|
A traditional Rhoston meal, consisting of various meats cooked inside a hollowed-out Osseoar tusk.
|2 Osseoar Porks (Grade-A or higher)|
2 Clambeibo Tails (Grade-A or higher)
|Chop up Osseoar Porks|
Heat up Osseoar Porks
|Find all ingredients in Jade Fields|
Weapons and Tools
|Butcher's Blade||A large two-handed sword resembling a butcher's knife. Hit to slash at your opponents, or perform a powerful overhead swing with .||Unlocked by default|