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.
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.
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.