It didn’t seem too long ago that the indie games scene wanted nothing more than to pay tribute to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by pumping out their own versions of sitting on a throne, tossing a wine glass, and shouting “WHAT IS A MAN?!” as the wine glass shatters to pieces on the floor. Metroidvania, as the games are called, used to be such indie darlings, and then…nothing. First it was the hottest thing ever and then it was suddenly gone, like Haley-Joel Osment’s career.
Anyway, it’s nice to see some people still remembered that Metroidvania is indeed a thing, and “Teslagrad” is nothing if not a very loving tribute to the genre itself that is very much worth your money. The game casts you in the shoes of a precocious young boy who must utilize different tools as he explore a mysterious tower filled with lethal traps, all the while evading capture from a bearded child-molester in red coat. Gee, I didn’t know Santa liked children like THAT!
Teslagrad will be available on Steam and GOG.com from December 13, 2013, for roughly ten bucks, and really, that’s a low, low price for putting a child in danger, er, I mean, a great adventure game. Yeah. Yeah, that’s what I meant.
P.S. There’s also talks of a potential release for the PS3 and WiiU sometime next year, but the editors had already given me the “Stop Talking Now or We’ll Cut You” sign, so I’ll shut up now.