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Challenging 2d sidescrollers on steam?

#11akuma634Posted 9/16/2013 6:41:43 PM
AnatomyHorror posted...
Volgarr the Viking. Just came out and it's amazing. Very challenging. It's more akin to 8bit/16bit Castlevania or Ghosts n Goblins.

I think it's 9.99 on steam.


I saw Screwattack streaming it last week and it really looks old school hard. The guys playing are the PC gamers of the site and well versed in old school gaming.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGASQWB3gBs

There's also an Early Access version of Mercenary Kings which looks fun. It's a Metal Slug style game and the artwork is done by the guy who did the Scott Pilgrim game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6US-FWoSA8
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#12CircleOfManiasPosted 9/16/2013 9:37:35 PM
Volgarr is excellent. It's also one of the few games to have a hard mode that's actually worth playing. The levels are completely redesigned, basically having only the tileset and general concept in common with their normal counterparts.

Just keep in mind that the save system is a little counterintuitive (to the point where most people don't seem to know it exists), you need to walk left at the start of a level to skip to the next one (this only works if you've completed the level normally before.)
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#13AnatomyHorrorPosted 9/16/2013 10:02:23 PM
I really hope Volgarr catches on. Rogue Legacy blew up, hopefully Volgarr can. It's just more traditional than most 2D platformers and will probably turn a lot of people off. It's definitely a hard ass game, but not so hard that I couldn't beat it (atleast for the C ending).