How does Tribute Games plan to follow up on the success of Mercenary Kings? It teased its new game Curses n’ Chaos at PAX East last week, and now we have a trailer to have a first look at it.
Needless to say, it is not nearly as ambitious as Mercenary Kings was. Curses n’ Chaos features a far simpler 8-bit graphic and sound style, and it doesn’t even feature scrolling stages. You and a friend team up to fight waves of undead enemies in a single location, and chaining enemy deaths will help you to become stronger. Simple enough of a classic arcade formula to be fun, but hopefully there is a bit more to is that just that.
What remains to be seen is the driving force between levels. How does Tribute plan on making this a game you want to come back to? With all the gem drops and shops in between levels, it is obvious there will be some kind of character progression and RPG elements. I’d like to see those more in action before committing to excitement.
Rather than Mercenary Kings, Curses ‘N Chaos looks much more in line with Tribute Games’ freemium game Ninja Senki. The team is clearly inspired by 8-bit classics like Castlevania and Ghouls n’ Ghosts, and they are outstanding at replicating the feel. The subtle leaf animations add a lot of atmosphere you couldn’t find it older games, and the animated talking face at the end of the trailer is just hilarious. That’s how facial animation used to look if we were lucky enough to get it.
Mercenary Kings, Cures n’ Chaos, and Ninja Senki DX will all be ported to the PS Vita before the end of the year, making all three of Tribute’s games available on a single platform other than the PC.