Tag Archive: metroidvania

Link Stuck in Castlevania

Game Page || Zelda Classic Engine

What video game franchise could possibly embody the spirit of Halloween better than The Legend of Zelda? Well, probably Castlevania for one, so it’s a good thing someone decided to combine the two! Yes, it’s an indie fangame which combines elements of two of my favorite franchises and it’s even made in Zelda Classic, a rather impressive game engine which deserves an article of its own one day. Sticking a character from one game into stages and general locations from another is nothing new, but Link Stuck in Castlevania is impressive both for how far it pushes the Zelda Classic engine itself and for how far it takes the experience.

Things start out a bit slow with Link going through some fairly linear and simplistic zombie and bat-filled hallways resembling the start of the original NES version of Castlevania, but this mediocre pace doesn’t last for long. Link can break bricks and shatter candles to quickly gain access to all sorts of upgrades from both worlds, including hearts, maximum health increases, potions, maps, subweapons belonging to both him and the Belmonts, and even those blocks with Roman numerals which allow more subweapons to be on the screen simultaneously. The early stages mostly stick to layouts resembling those found in their equivalent stages in Castlevania, but later levels become increasingly creative with looping hallways, puzzles, hidden rooms, and less blatantly linear layouts. Once you get the warp whistle in Stage 2 you can also freely travel back to previously completed stages to hunt for any missed items or upgrades and the stages themselves even have one-way warps serving as a sort of fast travel service. Stairs can be troublesome as it can be difficult to tell when you’re officially ‘off’ of a staircase and far more than once I ended up walking back down some stairs while trying to move left or right and most bosses are on the underwhelming side of things (the first boss can even fly out of the room and force you to reset the fight), but the later stages, and especially the large final area, easily make up for any shortcomings. Link Stuck in Castlevania is a great crossover for fans of Belmonts and Hyrulian heroes alike which goes to great lengths to combine strengths from both series and to blend the nostalgic confines of the corridors of Dracula’s castle with new and unexpected twists and surprises.

a dead world’s dream

Steam Page || itch.io Page

NOTE: the lag in the hub town in the above video is fixed in the current beta release on Steam and will likely be fixed within the official release a few days from the posting of this article.

It may not exactly be the best looking game and there may be a rather noticeable amount of lag in the main hub town, but a dead world’s dream is an otherwise very enjoyable and surprisingly well-designed nonlinear platformer.

Adventure in the Tower of Flight

Official Site || Steam Page

Adventure in the Tower of Flight may take some inspiration from Mighty Bomb Jack, but this is far more refined and enjoyable product. Taking on the role of Wing, players must slash and dash their way through the labyrinthine corridors of a legendary tower as they seek out secret treasures with the aid of the power of flight.


Abandoned Title

Official Site

Abandoned may have one of the worst names possible for search engines, but the game itself is far from incomplete. Your only adversary in this bleak Metroidvania is time, but it is an opponent which should not be taken lightly as you rush through labyrinthine passages in a desperate attempt to escape the poisonous environment.

Rex Rocket Zombies

Rex Rocket

Official Site || Steam Page

Despite its colorful environments filled with blocky characters who look like they fell straight out of a LEGO game, Castle Pixel’s Rex Rocket is not to be taken lightly. Bearing a plot which feels like a comedic blend between Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey, this metroidvania in space oozes with exploding robots, melting scientists, and sentient slime monsters. To round out this action-packed adventure filled with aliens, zombies, and rogue AI’s, the difficulty is also remarkably brutal.