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Tough Luck - The Dark Spire

On 04/02/2019 at 12:40 PM by Matt Snee

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Here is another insanely difficult game. The Dark Spire was released in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, and is obviously inspired by games like Wizardry. It was probably released in America due to the success of Etrian Odyssey, a similar 1st person dungeon crawler. However, while EO is all about drawing your map, The Dark Spire has no map. You're on your own with this shit. 

Like other games in this genre, you create your adventurers and explore the dungeon filled with random encounters. Permadeath is a fact of life. Combat is cruel. 

However, this game is not without it's beauty. The graphics are really cool, and you can even change the setting to a more classic mode, where it's just black and white line art graphics (if you're truly masochistic). It also has really cool music, and that also switches in classic mode to more 8 bit sound. 

I really liked this game, but it turned out to be too difficult for me. It is damn cool though. 


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Super Step Contributing Writer

04/02/2019 at 04:46 PM

These screenshots are reminiscent of Viewtiful Joe/Okami. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/02/2019 at 05:03 PM

Yeah I don’t know where that look originally derives from but it’s cool.


04/05/2019 at 01:31 PM

This isn't my type of game but I would probably try the line art option just to be different. I would also rage quit real quick. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/07/2019 at 10:26 AM

it's kind of impossible, but it's a neat curiosity. 


04/09/2019 at 06:04 PM

Oh cool. I may have to look this one up. I love an old dungeon crawl, difficult or not. I like those creepy graphics. Reminds me of the German expressionist films of the 20s I'm reading about right now like Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/09/2019 at 06:42 PM

The graphics and music are freaking great.


04/10/2019 at 11:03 AM

I'm so mad this game is still $35 at Gamestop. I want to play it. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/10/2019 at 11:23 AM

It’s pretty rare...not a big release. 

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