I put a curse upon ya! …. I’LL PUT A CURSE UPON YOU! ….
Don’t you just hate it when you are cursed by a Wizard King!? That is exactly what has happened to Lea and Leo the bounty hunters in Tribute Games Inc’s latest release Curses ‘N Chaos. The only way to rid them of this curse is to use The Elixir of Life. The Alchemist Allsion will help make the Elixir but it requires ingredients. These ingredients are found by destroying the monsters and ghouls that are swarming the accursed Lea and Leo.
Curses ‘n Chaos is a single screen arena brawler. Wave upon wave of ghouls and monsters come at you with unrelenting persistence. Each wave lasts for 60 seconds and if you don’t defeat all the enemies by the time the counter reaches zero Grim Reaper will come looking for you. If you make it to the end of the ten waves you will encounter a Boss which you need to defeat in order to unlock the next level.
When you’ve had your fill of brawling and earned some coins, it’s time to head over to the shop to buy some items. These items can be used in your next round of fighting or more sensibly you can combine these ingredients on the mix screen to create more powerful attacks, summons and eventually the Elixir of Life. Unless you are an Alchemist you will undoubtedly, at some point, create junk which looks suspiciously like a pink turd. Instead of randomly mixing items together you can press triangle to see the grimoire which shows you how to concoct the powerful items.
Curses ‘n Chaos takes the graphics back to the 8-bit era and with good reason; it’s the gaming era that Tribute Games draws their inspiration from and grew up with. I played it on both PS4 and PS Vita, and in my opinion it works and fits better on the PS Vita.
The controls are simple. The left stick or D-pad is used to move (pressing down makes you dance) with X acting as the jump button. The right trigger is for dash, with square, triangle and circle used for attack, use item and store respectively. Yes, that’s right, store! Coming with you on your travels is your companion Owly the owl. Owly stores a single item for you that you can retrieve at any time by pressing circle again. It is worth checking the game manual before you start playing as it tells you some special moves.
If you find yourself struggling with the game I have good news. It has multiplayer mode with both ad-hoc and online available. Online offers you the chance to invite a friend or team-up in a public game.
The trophies available are highly dependent upon your ability to chain together attacks with the majority of them awarded for getting a score above 100,000 on individual levels. Two trophies are obtained by getting a chain of 200 which I found difficult. My highest chain was 52.
Curses ‘n Chaos falls into the Marmite category – some people will love it, others will not. It doesn’t teach you the controls and special moves or really explain how to mix items. It has no difficulty curve and throws you in deep right from the off. Despite all this Curses ‘n Chaos is addictive and hard to put down. It felt rewarding when I finally made it to the Boss Battles at the end of each level but getting there is very hard work.
NelMaNo rating 6/10