Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt
Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt by Remar Games and Ludosity is a very retro free indie action RPG made in four days for the Games Against Ebola Jam. You, as the titular princess, descend to Hurtland in search of your missing friend and healing people of various ailments as you go. See, as the name might imply, the folks of Hurtland are in a bad way, but lucky for them Princess Remedy can duke it out with the things making them sick. To play, just use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, and [spacebar] to interact. In a fight, Princess Remedy fires automatically in the direction she's facing, so it's your job to maneuver her around the battlefield to blast enemies apart while dodging their attacks. Tapping the [spacebar] will throw a flask... you only get one of these per battle to begin with, but they let out a big blast! The more people you heal, the stronger you get, and there are plenty of treasure chests to find to upgrade the princess' power as well. It's on the simple side, but fans of sweet, silly humour and classic old school gameplay will want to add this one to their to-do list.
Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt manages to capture a bygone era in every conceivable way... it's not just the blocky pixel graphics, it's the addictive gameplay, the simple, charming storyline, and frankly fantastic soundtrack. The people from Hurtland suffer from every conceivable ailment, ranging from dislocated shoulders and a bad case of being, um, dead, to having played a game so cool it melted their face off, or a mummy whose bandages are wet. It's ridiculously cute, and a lot of fun to play, especially since it's gradual difficulty curve incorporates enemies with unique movements and behaviour rather than simply swarming you with heavy numbers in later battles. Liberally sprinkle in some hidden areas and the satisfaction you get from turning Princess Remedy into an ailment-blasting dynamo who fills the screen with projectiles and explosions of your own and you've got a recipe for one seriously endearing little indie game. While a lot of games have combat, few use it to actually heal instead of simply for violence, and Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt is just the sort of peppy, perky, and pleasant game you wish there were more of these days.
Thanks to Peter for sending this one in!
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