Release: Aug 2016
Reviewed on: PC
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Employing cute graphics that hide a difficult RPG is Lost Castle, a game with randomised dungeons to conquer and the typical range of rogue-like features. You’ve got beat’ em up gameplay, hand drawn environments, lovable characters and a retro vibe in a single role playing package.
Surrounding this game package is your standard story of darkness that sees Castle Harwood once governed by wise nobles and the centre of happiness in the land. Taking a dark turn though when the earl’s evil magic opens a dark portal Harwood is now just a shadow of its former self, over run by demons and dark magic. With unclaimed riches within the castle players decide to go on a treasure hunting expedition.
Supporting both local and online co-op for two players Lost Castle is focused around moving through the different environments filled with breakable objects, treasure chests, enemies, traps and side rooms. Killing enemies is refreshing whether it be your first game or 100th thanks to the 7 weapon types on offer. You’ve got the likes of bows, daggers, spears, staffs and muskets which all have different normal, combo, special, jumping and running attacks that have different damage and skills.
On top of the random weaponry players will encounter coins, potions, food and combat items which will alter how you approach each run due to their randomised nature. Potions for example have close to 50 different effects with an even larger pool of treasures that can seriously alter gameplay be it more critical attacks, faster movements, resistances and countless others.
With the massive randomness Lost Castle can be a brutal game, especially since it already leans towards the harder end of the gaming scale. Borrowing the formula from Rogue Legacy it is an adventure that gets easier with each death due to passive upgrades that you can earn as you play more and more. This is facilitated through the demon souls system which drop from enemies (more often bosses and larger enemies) and are spent after each death and passive upgrades to damage, defence, health and utility.
- A rouge-like RPG similar to Rogue Legacy.
- Huge number of items and potions to find.
- Randomised level layouts ensures great variety.
- Support for up to 2 players locally or online.
- Master combos from the 7 weapon categories.