1001 Spikes developer Nicalis announced a new damning action-platformer today, Castle in the Darkness. The game "recalls a golden, bygone era" thanks to its retro-inspired art and steep difficulty curve. In it, players explore the kingdom of Alexandria, hunting down an evil force that took out every knight in the land save for the leaping hero they control.

Castle in the Darkness has been in development for the last two years by Matt Kap, who is credited with work on The Binding of Isaac and 1001 Spikes. The game features over 100 weapons, armor and magic to equip as well as RPG-style elements similar to games in the Metroid and Castlevania series. It also includes over 50 bosses to hunt, plus "so many secrets that they all might never be found." Castle in the Darkness will launch on Steam later this summer.
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Knight Falls on Alexandria

Castle in the Darkness coming to Steam (Windows PC) this Summer

Hear ye, hear ye! In the tenebrous hours of yester-evening, a terrible tragedy befell our great kingdom. A sorcerer and his legions fell upon us, and against their indefatigable onslaught even our royal guard came to naught-save one!

Come summer in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, this single survivor will arise to give succor to our blighted realm-and he has need of your steady hand!


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Castle in the Darkness recalls a golden, bygone era-both through its nostalgic aesthetic, and its damning difficulty. Traipse past traps, careen through corridors, and badger belligerent bosses while charting the erstwhile un-chartable Alexandrian kingdom and girding your loins and other important organs with a veritable cornucopia of armor, arms, and sorcery. Alexandria is a kingdom of ancient and byzantine history, and much of what it was yet remains hidden, often behind more substantial ramparts than mere mists of time!

Harken, heroes! Still your breath and you will hear: The gates of Alexandria begin to grind, and behind them the susurrus of a hundred thousand monsters waiting for your steel. Surely you won't begrudge them a taste of your blade, and thereby free our kingdom from its torment!

Ye Old Game Features

Art Direction by the lead artist behind The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
An expansive world heavily inspired by the golden era of video games
Level up your knight with wildly different abilities
An arsenal of over 100 weapons, armor and magic to collect and use!
Over 50 bosses to find and slay
More than 100 different enemies
Fast-paced chiptune soundtrack
More information can be found on the official website at http://www.nicalis.com/Castle

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About Nicalis, Inc.

Based in Southern California, Nicalis, Inc. is an independent developer and digital publisher with a proven track record for developing and publishing well-polished games. Founded in 2007, Nicalis continually seeks to enhance and improve the quality of video games throughout the game industry. More information on Nicalis can be found at http://www.nicalis.com and http://www.twitter.com/nicalis

This article was originally published on Joystiq.