Video Games: Guy vs the Wicked and Nefarious Land Review
The folks at Cog Monkeys were kind enough to send me a copy of their game Guy versus the Wicked and Nefarious Land recently and – after playing it for a good while – I’ve got to say that I’m pretty impressed with it. Also: It is hard. Basically, Guy vs the Wicked and Nefarious Land is game that has a lot in common with The Binding of Isaac. It’s not the same, of course, with Guy versus the Wicked and Nefarious Land concentrating much more on fighting waves of enemies, but the Zelda-inspired dungeons and the Roguelike inspirations certainly make for some comparisons. The story in Guy vs the Wicked and Nefarious Land has a pretty funny kick-off with the eponymous Guy going out to take out all of the evil in order to marry the princess (who is offended by the idea). I’ve not played all the way through the game, mainly because it is really quite hard. Seriously, the screen in Guy vs the Wicked and Nefarious Land gets crazy crowded at times and you really need to pay attention to where the more dangerous enemies are, many of which will take out in just one hit and some of which move quite fast. Many times it is to your advantage to ignore the zombie hordes in order to concentrate on taking out the more difficult enemies. Watching enemy patterns is an important part of the games, as is learning the arc and timing of the weapon you are using to maximize your hits while avoiding enemies. There are some small puzzles to be solved (at least to the point where I am now), a nice trickle of new enemy types, a few different weapons, and some extra skills (three of them with three ranks a piece) to select from. The graphics have a bit of a ‘homemade’ feel to them, but it fits the tone of the game, and certainly doesn’t detract from the gameplay and – really – I found them quite charming. Once you get into wading into massive waves of enemies (often almost completely filling the screen), you mainly just need to concentrate on surviving, in any case. There are five dungeons (which will probably require more than a few tries to get through), 21 enemy types, and three different endings. Guy vs the Wicked and Nefarious Land by Cog Monkeys is available for $3.99 from Desura. If you like action Roguelikes, I would really recommend you at least take a look at the demo. If you would like more information, check out the official Cog Monkeys web site.
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