Angvik is a platform action game set in a joyful but unforgiving land. The castle has been taken over by a barbarian and no one else has the courage to confront him, so take up your father’s gear and set off on a wondrous journey! And you’re not alone: you’ll find many birds and items to aid you along the way, and you’ll encounter all sorts of creatures to fight as well. But watch your step! You have only one life, so if you die, you stay dead.

I really enjoyed stepping into Angvik, as small of a game it is. A peaceful, fantasy, perma-death platformer, set to an idyllic score. Make your way through 5 levels, picking up loot from chests and fallen foes, with a few secrets to be found here and there. Even has weapon modification by way of potion additives. The weapons deteriorate from use, and your character ages from beginning to the end of each level, eventually dying if you don't complete the level in time (age resets at the start of new levels). Short, but sweet, and the increasing difficulty of the play+ gives a reason to keep coming back, not to mention that you can opt to wear fluffy sheep armor.

Available through Steam and the developer website ( http://angvik.us ) for under $3.

One of the things that struck me as most interesting was that the game was made in Construct 2, an HTML 5 game engine (which is also available on Steam). Anyone interested in getting their feet wet with basic game development should definitely check it out. The community at Scirra.com are quite helpful, and they are making very cool things with the Construct engine.

Construct 2 - https://www.scirra.com/construct2

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/28/2014 at 03:08am

This looks great, so great I think i'll pick it up. I dig it's in HTML5, ill have to check out the construct engine.

Is this a permadeath rogue-like or something else? Did you beat it?

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 02/28/2014 at 09:12am

Yeah, perma-death rogue-like. The levels are fixed, but the enemies get shuffled around. I finished one play-through, killed the barbarian. Consecutive playthroughs ramp up the difficulty, up to five times, I think. Who knows what lies at the end?? O.o

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/28/2014 at 09:55pm

Nice, i'll pick this one up next.

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