Press release:
BARCELONA, SPAIN – THURSDAY, April 2, 2020

The Curse of Issyos, the exciting neo-retro arcade platformer by Locomalito and Gryzor87, is arriving on iOS on April 30th.

Preorder it now with a discount, and enjoy this epic Greek adventure the moment it hits the App Store!

Defkalion was fishing at the quiet blue sea when he heard the voice of goddess Athena. “Hurry up”, she said. “The Isle of Issyos has been cursed by the Olympus!”

And so, fearing for his daughter Delia, his only family left, the fisherman sails back to his home, where the adventure is about to begin.

The Curse of Issyos is a retro-styled action platformer with nothing but the classics of an old 8-bit game: a good bunch of enemies and bosses, linear and open scroll levels, secrets to discover, and a background story inspired by Greek mythology. It doesn’t try to mimic any retro system in particular, but is coherent with its own limitations in the use of colors, sprites and chip sounds.

The Curse of Issyos is coming to iPhone and iPad on April 30th.
One game, two experiences: play mobile on iPhone, pair a controller with iPad for a portable console setup.

Features:
– Compatible with MFi, XBox One and PS4 controllers.
– Haptic vibration.
– iCloud support.
– Game Center achievements and leaderboards.
– Play in landscape or portrait orientation.
– Look and feel of a console game from 1987-1988.
– Based on Greek mythology.
– 30+ original music tracks by Gryzor87.
– 7 levels, 9 bosses and more than 40 unique enemies.
– A secret level that can change the outcome of the game.
– Around 45 minutes of gameplay (once fully mastered).

The Curse of Issyos was inspired by the movies of the special effects titan Ray Harryhausen and 8-bit games like Vampire Killer, Rastan, Kenseiden, Rygar, 8 Eyes or Ninja Gaiden.

As a kid, Locomalito liked sketching platformer games based on Greek myths – so it was just a matter of time that he made one.

A mature bearded protagonist in a video game was a rare occurrence when the development of The Curse of Issyos started. Then came the rise of hipster fashion…

While the trends keep changing, the atmosphere of the game, made of the uncommon combination of visuals, sounds and carefully designed playability, stays relevant at any time, keeping the old fans entertained since the original release in 2015, and getting more gamers into its unique world where Ancient Greece meets retro gaming.

Abylight has again polished the game to bring the best experience to users of Apple devices, now supporting controllers, touch controls and saving progress via iCloud.

ABOUT ABYLIGHT STUDIOS
Abylight Studios is a digital entertainment company based in Barcelona and founded in 2004. As a video game publisher focuses on working with talented Indie creators and helping them to bring their games to the widest range of platforms possible. For more information on Abylight Studios, visit its official website, Facebook, and follow @abylight on Twitter.

ABOUT LOCOMALITO
Locomalito shares background with many other kids from the 80s: he grew up playing arcade machines and dreaming about creating his own games. He had ideas and wanted to work on them with a passion. Years later, this vocation drove him to work on those ideas and shape them in his own spare time. His goal: creating video games with an old-school flavor – adventures that you could play on a straight run, created with pixel-art and chiptune music and sound. For more information on Locomalito, visit his official website, and follow @Locomalito on Twitter.

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