Title: Castle in the Darkness
Platform: Steam, PC
Reviewed on: Windows
Genre: Action Adventure, Metroidvania
Players: Single Player
Written by Bad Demoman 10th March 2015
Castle in the Darkness is a game I very much so wanted to love. A Metroidvania that touts itself as ''Fast-
Castle in the Darkness wears its retro inspirations on its sleeve. In fact, I think the whole jacket might be comprised of it. Everywhere you go, references to all your favourite games are abound. It's dangerous to go alone, take this Wall Chicken! While for some these references might be a selling point, Castle in the Darkness goes a bit too far with them, and for nods to inspirations, they are far from inspired. I really appreciate the occasional subtle nod to the conventions of an old game, or a particular memorable NPC or occurrence. Castle in the Darkness, on the other hand, takes it to meme-
Of course, the gameplay is also blighted by this obsessive attachment to retro games. This manifests itself as the infamous ''Nintendo Hard''. Or atleast an attempt at it. It's not quite I Wanna Be The Guy, but the endless insta-
As I said, I really wanted to love Castle in the Darkness. But the frustrating difficulty and the in-
Some great pixel art,
Often unfair difficulty,
Graphics are very hit-
Way too reliant on nostalgia.
Castle in the Darkness gets a 5 out of 10.