I never imagined that a 2D side scroller could freak me out. There’s really not a whole lot one can do graphically to convey horror due to a limited color palette and a plane of view that doesn’t leave much room for creepy creatures to hide. Playing Corril Slayer has changed my view on the potential for fright within the confines of the aforementioned genre and as a result, my hat is officially tipped.
You are Sam Asherton, the unfortunate recipient of a lobotomy gone wrong, wrong in these sense that instead of rocking back and forth and drooling, he can now see ghosts and other supernatural beings. Rather than sit back and whine like that coward from The Sixth Sense, Sam grabs a pair of magnums and sets off on a quest to rid the world of evil.
There’s a lot at work behind the scenes of this simple but spooky game that contributes to a package that’s deceptively atmospheric and quite awesome. Eric Ruth, best known for his Pixel Force series of demakes that included low tech versions of Halo, Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress, is a master of pixel art and has filled the game with a cadre of menacing entities that range from 80’s B horror to modern day Japanese supernatural.
Ruth’s monstrosities are complemented by the musical stylings of Midnight Syndicate, a band known for producing tunes best described as high production Halloween music. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a fanboy of them and have creeped my wife out on a number of occasions by falling asleep to albums like Out of The Darkness and The 13th Hour.
The combination of these elements makes for a great little game at at $2.99 on Indievania, it’s hard to validate not taking it for a spin.
Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.