Maldita Castilla EX - Cursed Castile
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A detailed homage to games from the 80s as they really were: unforgiving, simple and captivating in the long run.
Review in German | Read full review
Fans of the borderline-masochistic nature of old-school action-platformers like Ghosts 'n Goblins and Castlevania will adore Cursed Castilla EX. It's a punishing affair that can be replayed again and again to reach high scores and unlock alternate endings. Players with a lower tolerance for pain and a disinterest in leaderboards should probably stay away.
Cursed Castilla sets the standard in bringing classic game design to the modern era. An incredible gameplay experience that rewards highly skilled players.
Cursed Castilla EX is an arcade like before, worthy to rub shoulders with the greats of the sword and witchcraft action platformer genre, who populated arcade rooms in the late 80s. Drink from the greats and do it well, very well , respects fidelity but takes the result several steps further by adding mechanics that perhaps had not been thought of before. It may not be a game for all audiences due to its marked arcade character and its duration based on the mastering of the game, but every gray-haired gamer will know how to see the magic of this game, and above all with a native mythology.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castile is undeniably a must-download for any retro gamer who loves a challenge.
The whole time it felt like I was playing a classic SNES Virtual Console game, with a killer soundtrack and added 3D effects. If simple old-school gameplay, beautiful pixel art, and a hardcore difficulty is up your alley, then this game is a no-brainer. So take your sword and expel the curse of the land, not for the King, but for Castilla!.
Retro to its heart, Cursed Castilla EX incorporates suggestions from medieval paintings, locations and chivalry novels - The Amadis of Gaul above all - on top of a plethora of arcade evergreens, such as Black Tiger, Rygar and Rastan. It's a compendium of arcade perfection, and, as such, it comes exceptionally recommended. Now, if only the good people at Abylight would consider porting over The Curse of Issyos, Hydorah and Gaurodan, too…
Cursed Castilla: Maldita Castilla EX is a perfect example of the kind of well-crafted, hair-pulling experience that adventure fans know all too well. Controls are precise, the retro look is as authentic as you'll get without modern flourishes, and the gameplay feels perfect, even if it is highly difficult. Some will dislike the tedious means of getting a better ending, but those who cut their teeth on the 16-bit era of platformers will be right at home here.
Cursed Castilla is a very fun homage to old-school action platformers of ages past. It does good by the games that had an influence over it, such as Ghosts 'n Goblins, Black Tiger, and Shinobi, to name a few, while still being very much a different game altogether. Its mix of mythology from several cultures with a noted main influence from Spain's own mythology gives this a very interesting twist. If you're looking for a hardcore action platformer on PS4, you should definitely check out Cursed Castilla!
Despite the easy pick up and play aspect, the game is certainly tough and not for the inexperienced. You'll die a lot in this one and lose all of the weapons and items you were carrying. But every time you'll make a bit of progress towards a chapters mid-boss or boss, chipping away at the game bit by bit. This is a great homage to old-school action games from back in the day, and it does things properly by adding its own twist on things. If you're looking for a hardcore 2D action game on PS4, then you should give Cursed Castilla a go!