I am reaching back with this one. Following the success of Zelda on the NES, Nintendo experimented with other games in the action adventure vein and as a result we got Startropics. When it comes to sequels not living up to their predecessors, Startropics is a perfect example — featuring both improved and worse gameplay.
Hack and Slash is the latest game from Doublefine and is all about breaking the rules, both literally and figuratively of the action adventure genre. And while the premise has a great hook, the game tries to be both smart and simple at the same time with debatable results.
Retro games today walk a careful line of showing the high points of old school design without showcasing why we moved away from them. Yacht Club Games’ first title attempts to show us a brand new game straight out of the late 80s and early 90s and Shovel Knight succeeds on that front.