99 Levels to Hell Steam Review

99 Levels to Hell is a 2D randomly generated dual stick platformer. Left stick moves you, right stick is aim. You can of course mouse aim and use the keyboards. There is a jump button, a bomb button, a shoot button and an item use button. Everything is mapped to the shoulder buttons. Even with a controller, you still need to use a mouse for the menu. You go through randomly generated levels killing monsters, collecting gold and find a key that will unlock a door to the next level. It is a good fun little game that I feel like I’ve played before. The game has charm and a sense of humor, coupled with enough red blood to literally paint every surface in the game. You’ll find shop keepers along the way… some that weren’t even supposed to be here today, that you can buy stuff from. Ever play Spelunky? This is a Spelunky clone right down to the tutorial level with ghosts that will chase you if you take too long to complete each level. There are games that feel like other games. This is a clone if not stolen code. Is that a bad thing? No. Is this better than Spelunky? Eh yes at no. Sadly a game trying to be too much like Spelunky will never have a crown as grand as Spelunky, but this is still a fun little game. 99 Levels feels less deadly. There is no fall damage, there are no random spike traps on the floor or any enemies that pop out of objects when you open them with your gun. 1 99 Levels has casinos, and a wider color pallet with dark tones and well bright red blood. It is a good diversity here. It has treasure levels too. I think these are all steps in the right direction. Just not far enough. There is a chance here to expand upon things. There is no carry function to pick things up and throw them such as princesses, rocks and keys. When you get a key, you just get it, you don’t carry it and throw it. There seems to be no rope climb feature to throw grappling hooks and climb up. There are ladders though, and you don’t climb ladders so much as float up them freely. While there are bomb walls, and shootable dirt walls, there are no webs, water or anything interesting like that. It just seems less than Spelunky. Less features, less controls, less price. This game is a good start for any developer, but if you already have Spelunky, you probably don’t need 99 Levels to Hell.

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