Skip to main content

Review - Iron Crypticle

Summer holidays always equal a backlog of reviews in front of me, on top of kids who need entertaining like I'm their house Jester. You will see over the next week or so some of the games I've simply not had the time to sit down with at launch and review, with Iron Crypticle dropping onto the Xbox One way back on June 12th, with me dropping in and out of it ever since then.

The game itself is a twin-stick shooter, with the feel of games such as Super Smash TV, with that whole top down view and moving through doors as you work your way through the game. The story of the game is all very simple. The princess and royal treasures of Cryptonia are stolen through a hole in the floor right in front of the king, so off goes his knight (that's you) into the crypts below to recover all of his shiny goods and lady for him. What follows is your working your way through floors of enemies that grow harder and harder the deeper you get, with each floor having secrets such as an arcade with mini-game, shop, and rooms full of monsters all wanting to end you, and not forgetting a boss at the end of each floor.
Working your way through the game, each floor throws a few times power-ups your way to clean out these rooms, with hearts also dropping every now and then if your energy bar needs a top up. Death means death here. You can't simply die on floor 2 and then go back to it after falling to the horde of enemies after you. Of course, this might turn some off the game, as who wants to reach a high floor only to die and have to do it all over again? No one, that's who. What can happen here is things start to feel a little repetative, but the game does try to tackle that by mixing up things on each playthrough by changing how the floor is laid out or even the end boss you face. In terms of my time with the game and my failings on floor one, I have faced two different bosses after my numerous attempts at trying to get good.
It's also a game which is way more enjoyable when adding more people in, as playing alone on it can feel a bit too tough at times. I never got that far in this if truth be told, and this was playing on easy, and even with my daughter tagging along in 2-player local co-op. The game offers up to 4-players, but the days of asking three other people around to play video games have long passed me by.
Overall: While Iron Crypticle didn't hook me as much as Tikipod's previous game (Aqua Kitty), there is something here for the retro guys out there who enjoy games like this, or those who like a challenging gaming session. Personally, I would play a couple of games here and there then turn it off, but that's just because I don't have time for a game in which death means doing the same section over and over again before getting to the place you got to previously.

Comments

  1. They jumped into a competitive market, alot of twinstick shooters around just now. This one doesn't do enough to make itself different imo. Looks like a solid game but nothing to write home about...

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

HXR Plays - Overwatch Opening Intro + Reaper Gameplay

Today I start a little series on here where I have a little play with 1 of the 21 characters available in the massively addictive game that is Overwatch.

Today sees me show off the opening intro, as well as playing a game with the character known as Reaper. He falls into the offense side when it comes to character selection, and is great if you enjoy a bit of right in your face combat.

Reaper like the other 20 characters in the game has a few specials to play with outside of his standard weapon. Not only do his standard Hellfire shotguns pack a mean punch at close quarters, but he also has Wraith Form (invincible for a short few seconds but not able to shoot), Shadow Step, which is a fancy way of saying teleporting from one place to another, and finally we have his charged special known as Death Blossom. This special sees Reaper spin around for a few seconds while unloading his deadly shotguns, killing anyone who is stupid enough to get in the way.

More gameplays on the way with me h…

Review - Stay

Games these days are deeper than ever before. Gone are the days of most games offering the happy go lucky cute games we played in the past where everything was rainbows and happiness, with games these days more than happy to delve and dig deep when it comes to subjects that many hate to speak with others about without feeling some sort of shame. Even though many of us are perhaps going through the same sort of thing, only we hide it too. Stay was one of those games that I only found about recently upon getting an email about its release and posting about here. So I went in not really knowing what to expect from it, only from what I saw in that email seemingly being a cool idea and concept before playing.

Stay opens up with you meeting a person called Quinn in a room just doing some stuff, only when climbing into bed for the night a mysterious figure appears over him and knocks him out. Quinn wakes up to find himself locked away in a dark, damp bunker, with the only means of outside c…

Is Your Xbox One Now TV App Not Working? Check Out This Simple Fix

Over the last week or so, if you're anything like me you've been pulling your hair out trying to get your Now TV app to load up and not had much success. Like me you've been met with nothing but an error code and a timed out screen, and no real help on how to fix it.
I'm sure you've tried to reinstall the app, hard reset your console, the lot. Like I said I've been there, so was bloody annoyed to find out how easy it is to get the app to work, which I did so for the first time this very morning by doing the below trick.

Before I pass on this nugget of information, just so you know MS and the guys behind NOW TV are aware of the issue and are working on a fix. Use this trick for now though so you can get use of the passes you have paid for with your hard earned cash.

Step one: Turn on your console and sign out of your Xbox Live account.
Step Two: Go to the Now TV app and try starting it up like you normally would
Step Three: Watch as it finally gets past the logo s…