If you think “it used to be better” and you miss the complex games of the NES and Famicom era, then infernax is made especially for you. She brings the players back to the 80s, almost verbatim quoting one of the legendary plat formers of that time, ii: Simon’s Quest. Over time, the attitude towards this game like other pc new games has changed, but apparently, it has not ceased to inspire independent developers.
In the role of a young duke (whose name they offer to choose for yourself), we return home after a series of crusades. Our hero was not in his native land for so long that he missed the appearance of all kinds of evil spirits on the holy lands. Without taking off his armor and without laying aside his mace, the duke sets off on his next journey and stumbles upon a door locked with a magical seal. To remove it, you need to find five neighboring castles and defeat the bosses in them – then you can put an end to the curse.
Where without an inverted star?
Already here you can see similarities with the sequel to only there we were looking for five parts of Dracula’s body. Here, as in the classic Konami, religious motifs are constantly traced: churches with ministers and Holy Father’s crosses on the menu and tombstones, inverted stars everywhere. The artists of tried to convey the atmosphere of gothic hopelessness, with skulls, hangmen, half-dead prisoners in , and other details. A little more, and everything would be more like a parody, but the game successfully balances on the edge.
Even though we seem to be playing for a valiant knight in armor, it is not at all necessary to remain a good-natured person. More than once will offer to make a choice that will affect the story. Do you see a tramp who is not feeling well and asks to be killed – to fulfill his request or try to help? Some cultists have set up camp next to the store – listen to the salesman and drive them away or join them? The consequences can be unexpected and appear completely suddenly, and in the end, you will complete the game on the side of good or evil, for which you will receive the corresponding achievement. A reason to replay the campaign and act differently in each situation.
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The gameplay with all the usual elements, such as a side view, interconnected regions with forks, and areas that are inaccessible until new skills are acquired. The main character has a very limited set of skills: he jumps, crouches and hits with a mace. Over time, new abilities open up, but there are very few combat ones among them – they are mainly needed to reach new locations.
With the games of the NES era has in common how difficult it is. Especially at first, when the character is frail – and he has little health, and the skeleton must be hit three times before it falls apart. For defeating enemies, you get experience and gold – the first is spent on improving characteristics (protection, health, and manna), and the second is needed to buy goods in shops. These are new maces, stronger armor, and “lives” that allow you to resurrect in the same room in case of death.
Here you can beat off enemy projectiles with a mace.
The game offers two modes: classic and normal. In both, altars are scattered around the map, in which they allow you to save progress so that in the event of final death, you will be reborn next to them. In classic mode, there are fewer such altars, and the experience and gold earned after the last save are taken away if the player dies. In the usual, there are more save points and the currency is not completely taken away.
Of course, you want to complete the game in classic mode, but get ready for a severe test. The level design is inspired by classic games: opponents are sure to appear where they would not be better, and plat forming is not easy. Sometimes the camera is specially raised so that you do not see where the platforms are located below – this is a test of attentiveness since everything could be seen in the first seconds after appearing in a new room.
Enemies often back away if you approach them, but sometimes they decide to shoot.
In one of the episodes, you will find yourself on a dam, where you need to jump on spinning wheels for credits like in pg and at the same time shoot down flying enemies with a mace. Fell into the water – died with the ends. In another, you need to run across the platforms when monsters jump out of the water, spears fly out of the walls and floor, and teleporting magicians shoot fireballs. It sounds scarier than it is, but still, moments like these can seem unfairly difficult. Therefore, it is advisable to grind from time to time and save up currency for good equipment – it will not save you from falling into the abyss, but other obstacles will become a little easier.