Day 1213: Killer Crypt

Posted: 2014/03/07 in Indie Games

Now here’s a game that’s utterly different than I expected based on the box art. With a motif that borrows from influences as diverse as “Ghouls and Ghosts” and “Goonies”, “Killer Crypt” is a refreshing old-school platforming outing. Far from the survival horror game the box art suggested to me at first glance. Not as easy as some platformers, but not as ridiculously hard as the modern spate of hardcore platformers that need to give you unlimited lives due to their extreme difficulty, this reminds me of the platformers that I grew up with. And I feel that that’s the right level of difficulty. Maybe that’s because I’m getting old, I don’t know.

Production values are pretty solid, and the level design is quite nice, bolstered not only by the usual switches and dangerous jumps, but also moving, disappearing, and invisible platforms that you’ll need to collect all the relics and find the “best” ending. It’s a $1 joy, and I heartily recommend it.

Here’s what the publisher (TBabiec) has to say about the game:

“Make your way past several stages into the heart of the crypt to find and destroy an ancient vampire. An old school platformer filled with deadly traps, jumps, puzzles, and secrets, along with the vampire’s countless evil minions. But beating the game is only half the battle. You’ll need to explore and use your wits to find all of the relics for the true ending.”

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