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Feb 14, 2015

Castle In The Darkness Review and System Requirements

GameInfo: Castle In The Darkness is a fun and challenging shout out to the early days of video games! It's an action exploration platformer with some RPG elements, much like games from the Castlevania or Metroid series. It's super fast-paced, challenging, and full of secrets!

Review: An amazing but often frustating game that every Metroidvania fan should own.

Took me awhile to get into it. At first I was irritated with the mechanics and over-use of references, but it all grew on me. The thing with this is - it doesn't just have "a lot" of references, it's actually built on them. About 90% of the game is a reference to something, and almost nothing is original. Whether or not you like that is up to you, but it ended up giving the game personality in my opinion, where at first I felt like it made it devoid of any.

It's not -just- difficult, either. The Dev straight up trolls you in some areas, and others the quick jumping and tough jump-height control can cause quite a few extra deaths. Can feel a bit slidey as well. You get more skilled with each death though, to the point where when you need to back-track you'll be thinking "Oh, I thought this was hard? Psh." It's a nice since of progression that you can't get from just leveling up. (You don't level up in this, just talking about other games.)

I think it showed about 5 and a half hours for 100% for me, but it resets the timer if you die. I've spent atleast 18 hours wandering aroung looking for things. At 98%, I finally asked on the forums where to find a couple things. Although it doesn't have quite the depth/scope of SOTN, it's the first game in awhile that's come close to giving me that vibe.

Anyway, I'm still wandering around in New Game+ even after 100%ing it. Love it.
Rating: 90/100

System Requirements

OS: Windows XP or later
Processor: Pentium 4 or higher
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB or higher
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
Sound Card: Any

OS: Windows 7 or 8
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 1 GB
DirectX: Version 10
Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
Sound Card: Any


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