Mute Crimson +
- Platform: PC/Mac
- Players - 1
- Achievements - Yes
- Steam Cards - Yes
- Controller Support - Full
High Level Premise - A classic platformer like Ninja Gaiden or Super Meat Boy with an emphasis on perfectly timed jumps and attacks to conquer each level.
Graphics/Style - Stylized Black and White with Red being the main contrast color for blood and some hazards. Nice simplistic pixel art that occasionally really pops.
Music/Soundtrack - An NES/Famicon compliant chiptune soundtrack that is good enough to be sold separately for 3 bucks featuring over 40 songs.
Story - Like a classic platformer it is pretty basic, but the cutscenes lovingly have purposefully butchered dialogue like "I will stopping you, Monsters!"
Replay-ability - If you love time challenges or want to collect all the difficult to obtain collectible coins you could play this game for a long time.
Time Commitment - This game saves often so you can play for a short session and accomplish a few things, but you will likely get sucked into a "one more try/level" loop.
Value - It was just released in mid August at 5 bucks. I think for a well polished Retro game that is a strong bargain.
Favorite Element - I enjoyed the cut-scenes to see the artwork shine
Iced Lizard Games who previously released Null Divide + (another retro inspired game) are only a two man operation but delivered a game that is a strong new entry to the platforming genre. First, I think that the game is tough but fair which is a very fine line to walk with these games. You want to reward perfect timing and require your players to master the gameplay without making every level a chore to complete. Each level has many save points with a lighting quick reload time so if you get caught navigating a particular section most likely you have a save point very close to allow you to replay that section until you get it down. Games that make me repeat too much of the level to try again on a hard part often never get picked up again. Second, this game doesn't get bogged down with needless anything. They made the gameplay the focus, dressed it in a nice style evocative of the great NES era and made a groovy soundtrack to match. I think when you focus on gameplay you usually come out winning and this game is no different. For 5 dollars you can't go wrong.