How Metroidvania is it? Medium Fit. Not really a ton of time to be like Super Metroid or Castlevania, given how short it is. But it does showcase a lot of the concepts.
Primary Challenge: Ranged Combat
Time to beat: ~1 hours
Review Info: Dungeon of Zolthan was played on Steam.
Buy Dungeon of Zolthan if you like…
- Really short games that cost very little
- Basic game design concepts/ Prototype games
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If you’re looking for a very basic demonstration of Metroidvania power-ups and ideas, this is it. It’s like a game design prototype that Robert Alvarez just decided to release on Steam.
And I think it’s great.
There isn’t a map, nor is there a ton of power-ups to find. As far as I know there’s only one “gun” upgrade, so it’s all just jump and shoot (and a tiny bit more with upgrades.) But, as basic as it is, it does capture the essence of what makes a good action game – except for one thing.
The difficulty curve is something like if you were riding on a bicycle with training wheels, then suddenly someone runs over and shoots the training wheels off with a shotgun and pushes you down a hill. That might be a little hyperbolic, but I think that for less experienced gamers this game is going to be an exercise in frustration, since there’s little in the way of intuitive tutorialization. But if you like a challenge and don’t mind dying over and over until you get it right, I definitely recommend this one.
It only took me about half an hour to beat Dungeon of Zolthan, but I was smiling the whole way.
Super basic demonstration of platform shooter combat, but adds enough variety and challenge to be fun
Some good spike mazes and other platforming to use your power-ups on
Though you won't be exploring for long, there are in fact secrets to be found
Some puzzle platforming required, but there isn't even any time to emphasize it
Wait, THAT was the final boss??
This is pretty self-explanatory
That chiptune gets old even in the mere 30 minutes it took me to beat this game
It's only 30 minutes. You can race to beat your old score or do other challenges. Or enjoy the 50 cents you spent and move on
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