Odallus: The Dark Call - Now on Switch, PS4 and XOne

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Here's a game that never made it big, but not because it doesn't deserve to!

Odallus released on Steam and GOG a few years ago, but you hardly see anyone talking about it, which is sad.
People should really give it a try, it's classic Castlevania at its best + a light Metroidvania core.

Maybe with the consoles release it get's some love :)

 
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Yeah I was eyeballing the double pack on play-asia (also comes with Oniken). Seems like a cool homage. If the games are on par with how Shovel Knight handled its subject matter, then I think these might be worth picking up.
I'd say Shovel Knight has faster movement and relatively modern mechanics compared to Odallus and Oniken.

Odallus has a more "traditional" approach to gameplay... It's great and it's fair, but is slower and heavier.

Oniken is hard as hell, though, hehe.
 
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Here's a game that never made it big, but not because it doesn't deserve to!
Looks cool. When posting about a fairly unknown game, maybe consider adding a genre description to the thread title. "Classic Castlevania Action" or something might have helped interest.

Thanks for posting about this, though. It's always nice to hear about quality retro indie titles.
 
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I'd say Shovel Knight has faster movement and relatively modern mechanics compared to Odallus and Oniken.

Odallus has a more "traditional" approach to gameplay... It's great and it's fair, but is slower and heavier.

Oniken is hard as hell, though, hehe.
Would you recommend one to play first over the other (Odallus and Oniken)?
 
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Would you recommend one to play first over the other (Odallus and Oniken)?
Oniken is more like Contra and Ninja Gaiden. It's good, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Odallus is pretty much Classic Castlevania, which, for me, were among the top 3 best franchises at the time...


A hard question would be Bloodstained Curse of the Moon or Odallus first, hehe.
 
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Looks cool. When posting about a fairly unknown game, maybe consider adding a genre description to the thread title. "Classic Castlevania Action" or something might have helped interest.

Thanks for posting about this, though. It's always nice to hear about quality retro indie titles.
Yep, I agree. Neogaf doens't let me change the title, tho. Strange... maybe it's because I'm on mobile?

Something like: "Classic Clastlevania meets Metroidvania" would be cool.
 
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Oniken is more like Contra and Ninja Gaiden. It's good, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Odallus is pretty much Classic Castlevania, which, for me, were among the top 3 best franchises at the time...


A hard question would be Bloodstained Curse of the Moon or Odallus first, hehe.
I saw they were both 20% so I grabbed both, and the idea of a level-based Castlevania-esque was too tempting.

So far so good. It is unapologetically old-school, but borrows liberally from Rondo in terms of level design.

Is there not an options menu? Jump being mapped to odd buttons( 'A' on Switch) with no options is the greatest sin in gaming - is this Kirbyvania? - and if it wasn't for the 250+ hours of Smash Ultimate jumping with the right-most face button, I'd probably grow a neckbeard, sign up for twitter, and just straight rage at the devs.

Well, back to Gael Castle!
 
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Yeah I was eyeballing the double pack on play-asia (also comes with Oniken). Seems like a cool homage. If the games are on par with how Shovel Knight handled its subject matter, then I think these might be worth picking up.
What's really grabbing me about Odallus is that is really feels like a genuine MSX/NES era game that never got released. It has practically zero modern elements. The only anachronism I've spotted so far is a 'Saving...' on the bottom of the screen popping up at the manual checkpoints.

It's brutally and beautifully old-school stuff - Castlevania with a dash of Rygar. Definitely worth checking out when you crack on your resolution.
 
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I really like the look of this and want to get it on Switch, but like with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, I just can’t bring myself to pay the $15-20AUD they charge for these little indie games. I think they are overpriced. $10 and I’m in.

Cunty? Yes. But, I have to put my foot down somewhere.
 
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I really like the look of this and want to get it on Switch, but like with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, I just can’t bring myself to pay the $15-20AUD they charge for these little indie games. I think they are overpriced. $10 and I’m in.

Cunty? Yes. But, I have to put my foot down somewhere.
I completely understand... Indies here in Brazil cost from R$ 40 to 60... It's a lot of money when you compare to what people usually make around here...

The Steam version is cheaper, though... And it's on sale right now, 75% off!
 
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Love them on PC.

Odallus has a Castlevania atmosphere but with a Cthulhu and Berserk (the manga) touch. It feels heavier.

The levels reminds me Megaman X but bigger and more open. You can get upgrades (more life, carry more items, double jump, levitate, dash, new weapons and armor, etc) being smart in your exploration. The main character is faster than the Belmonts in Castlevania. He is more like Megaman Zero since there isn't any delay in his attacks and he walks faster -even faster when you get the dash, which is like Megaman X.

Oniken is more action oriented. Tight level design over exploration. Fans of Ninja Gaiden will like it a lot.
 
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I completely understand... Indies here in Brazil cost from R$ 40 to 60... It's a lot of money when you compare to what people usually make around here...

The Steam version is cheaper, though... And it's on sale right now, 75% off!
I know and I’m tempted, but I really want these type of games on Switch for pick up and play on the go. If I buy them on PC, I tend to never play them. Mark of the Ninja is a great example. I’ve had it on Steam forever and only played the opening 15 minutes a few times. I want to get the Switch version where I know I’ll play it more, but it’s $30AUD.
 
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Like they read my mind, Odallus patch announced for Switch:

-corrected grammatical errors
-corrected Aquaduct boat camera mirror
-corrected language text blitter
- added Options menu
-audio options
- custom controls
-CRT filter on/off
-Aspect Ratio Switch feature
- Analog control fine tuning (i think this will deal will the dead space and diagonals not registering as 'down')
-bug fixes

I hope among these is proper User Profile integration. For whatever reason, it doesn't show up in profile or parental logs, even though you select a user.

Fantastic news, and absolutely no excuse to pass on this gem - and it's 20% this week!
 
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