A Metroidvania-inspired side-scrolling game that was crowdfunded several years ago by an indie studio called Bit Kid, is now finally available for PS4 and PC gamers. After going gold back on June 1st, 2018 the game Chasm is now available from the PlayStation Store and the Steam store page for $19.99. During the first week of being available you can pick up a digital copy of the game for 10% off the normal price for only $17.99.
The game is a traditionally made side-scroller with hand-painted backgrounds, sprite-made characters, and a classic story about heroism and adventure.
The story is themed around a young hero on a quest to become a knight and restore peace to a monster-ravaged kingdom. As the young hero, you’ll need to venture through six massive maps to defeat all the major monsters, earn powerful upgrades and unlock new equipment to help aid you during your journey.
You can check out a trailer below to get an idea of what the game is like.
Fans of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are probably already drooling over the gameplay and lusting after those retro graphics.
Chasm looks really good. The game has some slick traversal animations, and some tight looking combat. It reminds me of that game Eroico… just without all the bodily fluids going into and out of the main character.
Anyway, players will have a procedurally dynamic adventure to explore in the single-player adventure. But don’t worry, this isn’t just a random mish-mash of pixel tiles splashed together in a mixing bowl of laziness and uninspired complexity. According to the developers, there are modular rooms that are handcrafted and then festooned into a randomizer, very similar to how Digital Extremes put together the procedural levels in Warframe.
What’s more is that you’ll also be able to pull worlds from seeds, so that if you want to experience a very specific layout it will be possible. As explained by the developers in the Steam community thread…
“There are some people who like the comfort of getting to know a single map by playing it over and over or being able to follow their favorite YouTuber’s walkthrough of the game. We have an option for that too. Everything randomly generated by the game engine is based off of a seed number. If you enter a specific seed number, you can guarantee a specific map. So if you want to follow a walkthrough, just check their seed number and enter that when you set up your campaign.”
And despite having some procedural designs, the game still has a linear progression path in terms of the items you need to unlock and the story.
The game is already getting some strong, positive feedback from the gaming community, and you can check it out for yourself right now for PS4, PS Vita and on Steam for PC.