This week’s Dissecting Design looks at Odallus the Dark Call, a game that elevated classic design with its own unique touches. While the game looks like a NES title, there were certainly no games exactly like this back in the day.

  • 0:00: Intro
  • 1:21: Basic Gameplay
  • 8:09: What Helped to Elevate the Game
  • 21:04: The Progression System at its Max
  • 24:42: Outro
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Axiom Verge from Thomas Happ Games is another example of a developer going back to the days of the NES for inspiration and aesthetics. While it may look similar to the classic Metroid, Axiom Verge is a game all its own and gets really close to metroidvania greatness.

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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.

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Odallus the Dark Call (3)

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.

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