I think that I’ve already talked a bit about my first gaming memories, during 80s. I remember the first arcades, like Commando and Ghosts ‘n Goblins by Capcom, being amazed when I first saw After Burner, having fun with Super Sprint and its four player option, all those shoot’em ups,… Those years also were a time when Spanish development was on top, with lots of games released for 8-bit computers like Spectrum or Amstrad. The game I’m bringing here today mixed those two things.
Maldita Castilla started as a free downloadable game created by Locomalito, nickname of Spanish developer Juan Antonio Becerra and it’s a clear tribute to that era, especially Ghosts ‘n Goblins, a game (and saga) that I adore. The original touch is the use of Spanish mythology, landscapes and the base of Spanish chivalry novels, a classic li. Apart from the gameplay and graphic style, music and effects created by Gryzor87 also help to completely emulate the feeling of those days.
The game captured the attention of the players and media and years later, in 2016, they released in collaboration with Abylight Maldita Castilla EX, port of the original game for Xbox One, with some new additions. This port has been just released for PS4 in Europe, a bit later than in North America, and I’m enjoying it right now. The game has 8 levels (2 more than original release), 48 different enemies and 19 bosses. As something original for this kind of game, it also has 4 different endings, but I’m still on the way to see one of them.
Here you can enjoy the first minutes of the game, it feels very familiar to anyone who has played arcade games of the 80s. I’ve left the game with Spanish texts because I feel it more close to original game that way. And yes, I die a lot: