If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Odallus: The Dark Call Gets Blood Boiling Veteran Mode

So hard but so good

If you're into bastard-hard 2D retro platformers, you may have enjoyed Odallus: The Dark Call [official site] earlier this year. Against the waves of pseudo-old school throwbacks that have spawned over the last few years, Odallus not only captures the late 80s/early 90s ala mode Castlevania-esque aesthetic with aplomb, it backs it up with genuine challenge, solid platforming and thoughtful AI. If you missed it before, it's well worth a bash. If you beat it before, developers JoyMasher have just released a 'Veteran Mode' in a free update. It's tough. Bloody Hell, it's tough.

So tough I had to get up from my chair, leave my desk and wander into the kitchen for a break when I realised my HP didn't restore itself upon entering a new location. So tough I nearly screamed when I lost ALL of my orbs after running out of lives. So tough I can feel my hands trembling, my pulse quickening, my temples throbbing right now as I recall the salesman's price hike; the new enemy placements; or the fact that the bosses are a shit-sight harder now than they ever were before. Dear reader, you'll have to excuse me.

Ah, deep breath. Right. Better now. If you manage to beat Odallus in Veteran Mode you get a new skin for protagonist Haggis, apparently. Let me know what it looks like, will you?

Odallus: The Dark Call is out now on GOG for £9.89, and on both the Humble Store and Steam for £10.99. Veteran Mode is unlocked free of charge after first beating the game. Good luck.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles