(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time/money.)
Cursed Castilla is a pixel art action platformer by the indie team at Locomalito under the Abylight publishing umbrella. The story goes that a demon seduces a young witch to turn her tears into a key which ended up opening the gateway to hell. Unfortunately, this means that the Kingdom of Castilla is now plagued with monsters. You play as the heroic knight that’s trying to save the land. The game itself plays like an old-school “Ghosts n’ Goblins” style side-scroller. That can be a good or bad thing for some. You basically have a 4-way v-pad and two buttons to get through this game. And it’s not easy! The controls work well enough considering, although I highly recommend a MFI controller. In between a handful rage quits, I’ve been having a blast with this game. The visuals are beautifully chunky and I absolutely love the character design. Sure, I would have liked an “easy mode” with unlimited saves to keep my hair from falling out, but that kind of ruins the developer’s vision. Good or bad, Cursed Castilla is an unapologetic love letter to games of the past. If you like a good challenge and can appreciate the “good ol’ days” of gaming, this is a game definitely worth picking up.