My First Adventure in TinyKeep

imageTinyKeep is a game that was recommended to me based on previous purchases and what do you know, It’s on sale for a mere $2.50. I simply had no choice but to buy a copy and give it a go.

The Story: You’re locked in a dungeon and your goal is to cobble together some weapons and make a daring and bold escape. All right, I’m on board. No idea what I’m in jail for, but these walls can’t contain me bitches!

It appears I play the role of a penniless peasant, so I grabbed my epic cloth hood of poverty, my +1 meat cleaver of tetanus, grabbed an old board to use as a shield and made my grand escape to freedom.

It did not go so well. We’ll just say that my first attempt was a mere practice run since I opened the cell door, turned the corner and was set upon by a gaggle of guards. Since I really had no weapon they soon smited me and threw my remains back in the cell to rot. But, all was not in vain, I got my first achievement! That first death, even if it’s your own, should be worth something!

With experience on my side, I was able to make a better run of it. I dodged, weaved and skulked around the corners wherein I found a shield to defend myself and even a rusty cleaver so I could go on the attack. Oh hell yeah you nasty guards, I’m loaded to the teeth now!

I hacked and slashed my way through the first two levels, set several things on fire, lead several guards to a crushing death amidst a spinning, spiky wheel, released several prisoners – only to have them die a few moments later as I used them as a meat shield, and ultimately escaped two sections of the dungeon I’m being held in!

My progress was amazing, right up until the point, I yet again set the entire room on fire when I kicked over the brazier and not only did I take out the guards, but consumed myself in a fiery blaze. It looked spectacular while it lasted!

Ok, so, so far this is an awesome little game. The graphics are extremely well suited for the style of this game. They are a bit chunky and blocky, but this isn’t a hardcore crawler so that works well. The combat is simple, right-click to defend, left-click to swing, Sweet! I can handle that action. The dungeon has plenty of twists and turns and you can only see just a bit up ahead so you can’t quite tell what danger lies ahead until you bust open the door and step inside.

There are several traps that can either get you killed or can be used to your advantage. You can kick over the cauldron and set the room on fire like I did. You can lead the guards back to the spinning wheel where they will be crushed, like I did. That is until the bodies stack up and jam it. There are also plenty of spikes in the floor that will stab your feet and gouge you in the backside. There are probably a ton more, but I didn’t make it that far.

The reason I say I didn’t make it that far is that TinyKeep supports PermaDeath. If you get killed while making your escape, that’s it, game over and you go all the way back to the beginning and have to try again. No saved games (although you can exit and resume), no way points, no jumping back to a few moments before you made the one critical error that lead to your demise. When you cock it up, them’s are the breaks. I think that’s pretty cool.

TinyKeep plays a little like Gauntlet. There are food items and potions scattered about that restore health and you must roam from room to room in the prison to try and find the right way out. No stopping for idle conversation or to ask for directions. Head down, sword up, run like hell. Good stuff!

Like I said, this was a game recommended based on other games, I’ve played and looked at. I was taken as soon as I saw it and added it to my Wishlist for later. Low and behold, the rascal goes on sale so I snatched it up and just couldn’t resist trying it. Overall, I’m really excited by it. It’s simple, fun and there are some great little animations when you hack people to death. It’s a little cartoony, but I think that adds a dash of charm. Not everything has to be photorealistic and require $1000 video cards.

Now that I’ve played, it’s a good game for the under $10 category and well worth getting. The fact it’s on sale for $2.50 makes it a steal! Seriously, grab a copy. Run over to Steam, grab it on sale and get to dungeon crawling!

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