Freeware Garden: Such Inheritance. Much Saga

The pirate and the butcher: a drama.

Such Inheritance. Much Saga is much more than a brilliant title for a game. It’s also a brilliant game, starring a adventurous pirate lady. A game that, according to generous developer Abebly, was inspired by the original Prince of Persia, Dark Souls and Spelunky.

The inspirations themselves provide a pretty accurate description of the game, though you should probably know that this particular heroine cannot jump. She can duck, roll, climb stairs, grab keys and kill things with her sword but never jump, yet still she’s determined to liberate all the treasure those undead pirates are guarding in the depths of their underground lair.

She’ll be doing this in an puzzle-platforming fashion through procedurally generated levels that come packed with tense reflex-testing moments and tactical decisions to make. Interestingly, though one would expect Such Inheritance. Much Saga to come with built-in fluctuating difficulty and a menagerie of unwinnable situations, it does not. And that’s impressive.

Guybrush never actually did this.

The vast majority of the levels I played were not just beatable, but they became progressively more difficult as I went on through the game and always made sure that climbing ladders, collecting keys, avoiding traps and killing the occasional enemy was satisfying and fun.

All the frustrating ‘argh’ moments I experienced had to do with my lack of focus and the fact that dying sends you back at the very beginning of the game and a new set of levels. Yes, I know this is the way of all rogue-likes and that it does help create tension, but carelessly stepping on a trap when you know you are almost at the end will have you banging your head on your keyboard. And going argh. Or more appropriately arrr.

34 Comments

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    Henke says:

    It looks a lot like Abyss Odyssey, right down to the procedurally generated levels where you always go downwards, and the lead character being a lady with a rapier.

    Anyway, looks great. Will give it a go later after work. :)

  2. Kefren says:

    Also reminds me of Zorro, a game I loved (and eventually completed) on the C64. link to c64-wiki.com

    • froz says:

      Oh, and now, after all these years I have found out that me and my brothers were actually close to finish it. The farthest we got was the prison of Fort, as described in that wikipedia article… Ahh, memories.

      • Kefren says:

        Pick it up again, it’s only an emulator and an evening’s entertainment away from completion! (Especially with emulators, where you can save at any point – many previously difficult games become doable).

  3. RaoulDuke says:

    I’m really confused by the use of the interior monologue joke outside of the “Doge” image [Other silly looking animals ofc] – [http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/doge] – Surely the meme is a comedic version of a dog’s inner thoughts, as the “type of meme” stated on that page implies.

    When its used in the title of the game above, what is being implied? That the person who made the title is a simpleton? Or the main character is? Just a loose connection to pop culture for lulz? What the hell?

    I’m grumpy cause my belly is sore :(

    • RedViv says:

      On the bright side, you’re not Grumpy because you’re getting a rubbish-looking film made out of yourself, a year after you were last a Big Deal.

      • Niko says:

        I feel bad for that cat. She doesn’t look like she wanted to be in a movie.

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          Wisq says:

          To be fair, she generally doesn’t look like she wants to do anything except grump.

    • eggy toast says:

      The simpleton is the one who is drawn in by the memetitle to say “oh this game is probably worth a check and my time!”

  4. Orija says:

    So we’re gonna have to suffer through that memeshit on RPS too?

    • Jamesworkshop says:

      link to i737.photobucket.com

      memes are meant for sharing

    • Earl-Grey says:

      In support of your disdain I have only my reaction to the games name to share.
      It was as follows:
      “Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhh”

      Get off my lawn, doge.

    • Urthman says:

      If you’re suggesting RPS should refuse to cover interesting games because they have titles you find annoying, I suggest your suggestion should be ignored.

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    Harlander says:

    you should probably know that this particular heroine cannot jump

    In that outfit I’m surprised she can walk..

  6. eggy toast says:

    >>Such Inheritance. Much Saga is much more than a brilliant title for a game.

    Hahahahahahahhahaha who is this writer and can he please never write here again

    • Niko says:

      OR maybe you can just leave your stupid comment in your pocket.

      • eggy toast says:

        Sorry but I am not the one who was paid to write pap complimenting jokes that people first made years and years ago, you seem to be blaming the wrong person

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          No, I agree with Niko: It’s shitty comments like yours that we could do without.

        • shinygerbil says:

          So you’d rather a guy lost his job, just so you can avoid reading a sentence about a meme.

          ???

    • Konstantinos Dimopoulos says:

      Will Sepuku be enough to appease you?

    • steriperi says:

      Konstantinos is an excellent writer, and it’s probably you who should never post here again, since you only seem to like being extremely unpleasant for the rest of us for no apparent reason.

  7. Assaf says:

    Awesome name.

  8. Haborym says:

    That name is so inspired by that doge meme.

  9. Jenks says:

    I don’t believe the bar for brilliant can be lowered any further.

  10. Monggerel says:

    I covered myself in gasoline and sauntered down the street as the embodied blaze of authorial athanasia.

    On an unrelated note, that title is a bag of crackler dick.

  11. nimbulan says:

    If by brilliant you mean beating a tired and dead meme into a bloody pulp then sure.

  12. guygodbois00 says:

    Much Saga – much lawsuit.