The Desolate Hope I an adventure game with RPG elements developed by Scott Cawthon.
The story takes place in an abandoned research station o an unnamed planet. The station contains five computers knowns as Derelicts. Their purpose is to run simulations that would show whether the planet is suitable for human colonization. As the initial interest for the station faded away, the transmission from Earth stopped, a strange virus started ravaging Derelicts.
You play a Coffee – a coffee-pot-like robot and the last mobile resident of the station. Your goal is to fight the virus and provide Derelicts the conditions to perform their daily tasks.
The gameplay of The Desolate Hope is a mix of various genres. You explore the station and enter the Derelicts’ simulations in 2D platformer style.
There are some mini-simulations in the game which incorporate top-down dungeon crawler gameplay. Throughout the game, you have to face some bosses. Battles with them are semi-turn-based and reminiscent of classic jRPGs. The Desolate Hope mostly focuses on battles and exploring the station. Your character can advance by gaining new abilities, getting new items and increasing your stats to become active for the fight.