Legend tells that deep within the remnants of the Maka civilization, there lies 13 keys which, when brought together, grant the secret to the meaning of lives. Machi Itcza, an imposing fortress of a temple, was built to protect these keys. That was thousands of years ago, however, and while many traps and challenges await those who seek the secret, you'll be the first outsider to explore The Ruins of Machi Itcza. A retro metroidvania platformer by MNWS, The Ruins of Machi Itcza gives you the chance to join the ranks of the greatest pixelated archaeologists, right up there with Lara Croft, Nathan Drake, and, most appropriately, Pitfall Harry.
Move and jump about the temple using the [WASD] or [arrow] keys, trying to locate the number of keys indicated in the upper-left. The way the game world expands deserves to be explored by yourself, but suffice to say the more keys you collect, the more of the temple you'll be able to access. Checkpoints are liberally scattered about, should your avatar meet an unhappy death at the end of a spike pit. You can also return to the last checkpoint at any time with [R]. [M] brings up the map screen that will definitely help to keep you oriented. More than a little reminicient of Redder, The Ruins of Machi Itcza is a game about exploring a setting, and it presents quite an engaging one in a very low resolution. The gameplay definitely is more focused on methodical experimentation and precise platforming rather than enemy-whipping, which may make its pace and character movement a little too meandering for some. However, overall, The Ruins of Machi Itcza succeeds in granting players the archaeological feel of rediscovering something ancient and mysterious, and without having to deal with that friggin' Shrine of the Silver Monkey, even.