Cursed Castille (Review)
Cursed Castille is a remake of the few year old Maldita Castilla that was released on PC and Ouya. For the uninitiated, you play as a knight who goes on a journey after monsters start appearing across the land. It's a typical 2D action game that is unashamedly inspired by Capcom's classic Ghosts 'n Goblins. Its simple gameplay is complemented with solid controls as all you do is run around, jump, and attack. Along the way, you'll discover a variety of weapons that can drastically change your strategy. For example, knives can be thrown to cover a wide area while axes are launched in an arc. Similarly to its inspirations, Maldita Castilla EX is extremely challenging so make sure you're ready for tons of controller-throwing moments before you give it a download. Overall, the simple yet tough gameplay may be occasionally frustrating, but there's no denying how satisfying it is once you become a master swordsman.
It goes without saying that Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castile is an authentic 16-bit game. It looks and sounds like a long-lost Sega Genesis game. The pixel-perfect environments, 4:3 aspect ratio, and distinct Mega Drive sound will feel right at home for anyone who grew up in the early '90s. That being said, the music isn't very good. I can think of many actual Genesis games that have much better soundtracks which is quite disappointing. After playing it for hours, I can't even remember one tune.