Iron Crypticle (Review)
Iron Crypticle is played as you would expect: you run around with the left stick and shoot (or throw axes, rather) with the right. A couple of interesting complexities to the gameplay come in the form of dashing, using scrolls, and unleashing your Atomic Fist. Dashing can help you get from point A to point B faster but it's also risky if there are monsters in your vicinity. Scrolls have varying effects and are occasionally found lying around the dungeon floor. The Atomic Fist is a pretty cool move for whenever you're in a pinch as it damages all of your surrounding foes. As you work your way through room after room battling all kinds of interesting monsters, you'll pick up tons of items that can grant you more points, level you up, increase your base stats, and spell "bonus" in order to clear the screen and grant you a ton of points. Speaking of points, collecting certain items in succession will increase a multiplier which adds a layer of compulsion to the already addictive gameplay.
As you can see, Iron Crypticle is a very fun game. Believe it or not, you can play with up to four simultaneous players as well. Doing so makes the hectic action so much more enjoyable. However, I found it very odd that you don't get any continues while playing solo but if you play with at least one other person then players can use continues whenever they perish which makes the difficulty come across as unbalanced. Anyway, after completing each room, you can choose which path to take. Most rooms simply task you with taking out waves of monsters while other rooms contain shops, themed endurance challenges, and even arcade machines that you can use to play a fun little 2D platformer mini-game. On top of this, you'll discover loads of different weapons that make taking out enemy hordes much easier. In the end, the amount of variety elevates Iron Crypticle above and beyond what you'd expect from the genre.