I’m no stranger to FPS games. I have fond memories of jetpacking across the land in Duke Nukem 3D, being overwhelmed by fireballs in Doom and even managing to beat Oddjob in multiplayer Goldeneye. So I do often keep an eye for a more demanding and classic style FPS game. I freely admit I am definitely not a twitch shooter with multiple focused games like COD, so it’s no wonder Kingdom of the Dead fell onto my list with it’s incredibly striking visuals to the monster design this game definitely requires a closer look.
This indie FPS shooter comes to us from Dirigo games who, focus on “Weird games and music”. Kingdom of the Dead is a retro-style indie first-person shooter. It already has an iconic look to it as not only is everything shown in noir style Black and White, but everything is all lovingly hand-drawn! From the weapons to the Eldridge horror beasts, you see everything has been given so much time and attention to detail. The description of this game is somewhat lacking. However, what we do know about the plot is you’re on a mission from a talking sword (perfectly normal sentence) to fight back the Death’s armies and send them back into the underworld where they belong.
You will travel across 8 remote locations all along the East coast of America trying to jam shut Death’s doors and stem the tide of horrors that have been released. Each mission has three different difficulties with increasingly challenging objectives to complete. Agent is the easiest difficulty with pretty basic missions. However, these basic missions come with restraints of their own such as avoiding civilian casualties as well as the additional objectives. While the music on offer here harkens back to the older Midi style of synth style music, it still feels in keeping with the bizarre creatures and frantic movement you’re going to have to master.
The hand-drawn art really does help portray the uncomfortable and horrific designs of the beasts you’ll be dealing with, giant bats, a wyrm but even the basic sword-wielding bald people stir the nightmare fuel. The weapon play is vital in games like this. While normally you need to try for yourself the look and the noise that comes with shooting, even the basic pistol feels like it has to stop power. Still, you also have 8 other weapons to choose from, sword dynamite and even a vintage machine gun, all to deal with the hoard running at you. Kingdom Of The Dead releases today and I myself cannot wait to check it out myself, So be sure to keep an eye out for my first review coming soon to the 3Bit website!
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