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Castle in the Darkness might make you flip tables

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When people think about difficult games, they usually think about Dark Souls, Hotline Miami, or even Wings of Vi. Here’s another one you can add to your list: Castle in the Darkness, by Matt Kap.

Castle in the Darkness is an indie 2D platformer in which you take on the role of a knight, the sole survivor of a demon attack, in a quest to save a lady and her father from the evil sorcerer of the world they live in. You will need to acquire several items through many levels and battle difficult foes and bosses using the different skills available to you.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Don’t let this cute-looking game fool you… It has a death counter. And you know what this means, right? You’ll be hitting some big numbers on there!

This game is the reason I fell in love with difficult games. It gave me new challenges which I thought I would hate, but in the end, absolutely loved. As I was streaming it, people in chat were having as much fun as I was – although I was raging, and they were laughing! All in all though, both parties enjoyed it. I beat the game with a little over 500 deaths, and only 62% in completion! This means that I still have a lot of gameplay to do in order to truly finish it!

Don’t let this cute-looking game fool you… It has a death counter. And you know what this means, right?

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Visually speaking, Castle in the Darkness is beautiful. Reminiscent of old Nintendo games, the 8bit feeling is strong with this one. A lot of details has been put into the game but sometimes the backgrounds feel a bit lazy. With this being said, that is just my personal opinion, as many other people don’t care about background details. I’m talking here about seeing something else other than a few pixelated bricks in a Castle’s background, or a two shades of green scheme in a house, etc. Not something that will be interfering with your gameplay, though.

The music is also very good! There are many different tracks, all wonderfully adding to your gaming experience. However, if you spend a lot of time in one single area, the songs will probably start to get on your nerves and contribute to your table flipping. Many deaths will occur in this game, so my tip, if you are spending a lot of time in one single area, is to grab a soundtrack you really like, mute the music and play your own. It will help get you through it! Otherwise, music is great, sound effects are amazing, try not to die a lot. Try.

 It was a great experience and one of the reasons why I fell in love with the ‘difficult’ genre in games.

The user interface feels clean, nothing really is intrusive when it comes to graphics and your gameplay. It was a great experience and one of the reasons why I fell in love with the ‘difficult’ genre in games. I discovered through this game that I could kick butt and to just keep persevering and aim for the finish line, so a big thanks to Castle in the Darkness for sparking a flame I didn’t know I had!

For only $5.99 in the Steam store, you owe it to yourself to pick up this gem!

Castle in the Darkness
  • Gameplay
  • Sounds and music
  • Eye Candy
  • Amount of coolness

Summary

THE GOODS
Very challenging
Really addicting
Worth the table flips

THE BADS
Music can get very repetitive
Many tables died during the play-through of this game.

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