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Iron Crypticle is arcade shoot ‘em up done right with decent twin stick gameplay that changes up often enough to keep the player engaged for many runs. With the addition of powerful bosses, impressive power ups, diverse enemies, and an interesting main concept, this title is quite a hidden gem.
Iron Crypticle is a fantastic rogue-lite update of some of the seminal arcade experiences of my youth, and provides a rewarding challenge even at its easiest setting.
The game I played a few years ago is largely in-tact here. But Iron Crypticle is refined, enhanced, and more enjoyable than before. It is a game that begs to be played in co-op, and is now available on systems to allow for that to be done with ease. Playing it solo, it is challenging and rewarding each time you play. I still don’t know what a “Fisticle” is, and I have an idea what a “Crypticle” is, but I do know that Iron Crypticle is a solid game that reminds you of games from your childhood, but freshens up the roguelike genre in exciting ways.
It's not articulated particularly well and can lead to some confusion at first, but once fully understood it proves to be a lot of fun. The pace of the game tends to be a bit slow, especially on early floors which don't present as much of a challenge as later floors. However, branching paths, local co-op, multiple difficulties, and even online leaderboards help round out the overall package.
Overall, I had time with Iron Crypticle, especially once I started to get better at the game. You'll need to play this one over and over again to be able to survive for longer during your subsequent runs, so be sure to stick with the game for a bit!
Tikipod has done it again with Iron Crypticle, successfully reviving an old-school arcade concept and infusing it with some modern ideas. Iron Crypticle may not do a ton of innovative or new things with that twin-stick concept, but it nonetheless hits all the right notes in recreating that gameplay that made Smash TV such a smash hit. If you've ever been into twin-stick shooters or want another game for local co-op, Iron Crypticle is a great choice; fun gameplay, high replayability, and decent presentation make this one easy to recommend.
Iron Crypticle is a fan and fast-paced twin-stick action release on PS4 you can enjoy on your own or in a full four-player multiplayer session. While you technically don't progress much in the game during each run since when you die you have to go back to the start, you do unlock new weapon times to grab as power-ups as well as add new entries to your items encyclopedia to complete your collection, so if you're the type of player who wants to 100% a game, you will definitely end up being addicted to this cycle, and I recommend you get this one on PS4.
There's plenty to enjoy with Iron Crypticle. It will definitely suit fans of retro aesthetics and arcade-esque titles, but shooting using the right stick in only eight directions is a hindering experience which is likely to frustrate players, in an otherwise solid game.
A fun to play, quick to pick up, horror-themed twin-stick shooter. With stylised art that resembles the arcade classic Ghosts 'n Goblins and light RPG elements that are incorporated with a randomised dungeon room and boss battle set up.
Iron Crypticle is one of the best newcomers to the dungeon crawler genre. While it doesn't come without its share of issues, it's one of the most exciting takes to come along in some time. So grab yourself a few buddies and get ready to die a lot. Just like any good dungeon crawler, Iron Crypticle is all about learning from mistakes, no matter how many times Game Over assaults the television screen.
In many ways, Iron Crypticle is old fashioned to a fault – the lack of persistence and awkward 8-directional movement and shooting mires it in the past, bereft of any modern gameplay enhancements.
A fun throwback to a number of different beloved titles, Iron Crypticle is fun in short bursts and can be a blast with friends. Yet, aside from the charm of the 8-bit visuals, there isn't an enormous amount here to keep you dungeon running once the initial novelty wears thin.
Iron Crypticle can be fun, I enjoyed it in short burst sessions and there's definitely that "just one more go" factor and for high score junkies this will appeal to you. It's not a terrible game, there are just better examples out there.