My top 5 this year couldn’t be more different from each other; featuring a variety of genres and developers both big and small. #5 is a modern throwback to classic games and like Shovel Knight proves that there is still plenty of life in the 2D genre.
This week on the cast, I sat down with Danilo Dias from Joymasher to talk about his love of old school games and how that played into creating Oniken and Odallus; from graphics to design.
Odallus the Dark Call by Joymasher joins Yacht Club Game’s Shovel Knight as a strange sight in today’s market: A retro game that looks like someone dug up a never before seen NES title and released it today. 2D old school design when done right is one of my favorite genres and can show the skills of a great game designer and team, and Odallus definitely fits in that category. While it’s not going for modern allowances and callbacks, this is an amazing example of classic game design.