I would be lying through my teeth if I didn’t admit that MDHR’s run and gun/platform adventure game “Cuphead” gave me one hell of a challenge, but you know what? That’s also one of the things that make the game great. I mean, why would you even play games if there were no challenges attached to it?

My point would be that it would be really boring if the said game offered no challenges whatsoever (kind of like playing a dice game with dices that always give you sixes no matter what you do). Anyways, I think you get the idea. So if you like challenging games just like me, then I bet that you’re going to enjoy Fantastico Studio’s 2D platformerLandflix Odyssey“.

landflix odyssey items

You can buy items and whatnot via doc’s trinkets. However, sadly enough, you are not able to do that in the demo of the game.

You see, “Landflix Odyssey” is like a mix of old games such as “Mega Man”, “TMNT“, “Battletoads”, “Super Mario Bros 2“, “Wonder Boy III” and “Ghosts ‘n Goblins“.  Furthermore, Landflix has been inspired by famous TV-shows as well (TV-shows such as “Game of thrones” and “Stranger things”, to name a few). In other words, “Landflix Odyssey” is a really nice combination of retro video games, TV-shows and Gaming/geek pop culture.

landflix odyssey different stages

There will be five different campaigns that you can play in the full version of “Landflix Odyssey” (each campaign is based on a famous TV-show, such as “Game of Thrones”, for example).

Right off the bat though. In the demo, I accidentally played the hardest available campaign from the start (that would be the “Game of thrones” inspired campaign”). So I missed out on the game’s starting tutorial completly. Simply put, I was tossed straight into a shark filled pool without the knowledge of how to swim. Luckily enough for me though, I’m a quick learner, and in all fairness. “Landflix Odyssey” isn’t exactly the kind of game that takes hours to learn how to play.

landflix odyssey the save point armchair

Believe it or not, but you actually save your progress with the help of an armchair.

In the matter of fact, most people should be able to nail down the basics of the game in just a couple of minutes (think “Super Mario Bros” or “Mega Man” simple controls). Then you’re all good to go, and like I mentioned before. You could play the hardest campaign in the demo at the very start if you feel like it. Even so, I would still recommend people to play the “Peculiar Stuff” campaign first (there is only one available stage on that campaign, and it’s called “the lake“).

landflix odyssey hardcore survival skills

At times, I felt like “Landflix Odyssey” were just as hard (if not harder) than “Cuphead”. So this is probably not a game for those who thought that “Cupehead” was too difficult for them.

Yes, I know what some of you might be thinking right now “Why should I play the Peculiar Stuff campaign first?”. It’s  because then you get a chance to get a good warm up before you take on the much harder “Game of thrones” inspired campaign (the campaign is called “Elder thrones”). As for me, since I jumped into the game head first straight into an iron wall. Well, let’s just say that I had to learn the hard way that “Landflix Odyssey” isn’t the kind of game that’s going to hold your hand and give you a “walk in the park” kind of gameplay experience).

landflix odyssey the dark world

There are two different sorts of worlds that you might have to face in when you play through the stages of “Landflix Odyssey”. The first one is the light world. The other one is the dark world (think “The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past”).

No, instead there will be a lot of blood, tears and sweat behind every single achievement that you manage to pull off. I’m okay with that though, since “Landflix Odyssey” is really fun to play, and since the game keeps on rewarding you for your achievements. You are kept motivated throughout the whole demo. So, all in all, there are very few things that I could complain about (I did experience some control issues at times, but it was no big deal).

landflix odyssey the deadly beer attack

I really love the fact that you could drink beers and stun your enemies with burps xD (you can then jump on their heads in a Super Mario Bros fashion and knock them out. You also got the option to whack your foes with a sword. Well, at least if you get a chance to put on your knight gear).

I have to admit that I got somewhat dissapointed that there were no boss fights to be found in the demo, but other than that, I had a blast with “Landflix Odyssey”. So “hopefully” the game will be able to reach it’s Kickstarter goal on time. As for here and now though, if you like what you’ve read, heard and seen from “Landflix Odyssey” so far. Then you could always download the demo and give the game a try for yourself =)

Pros:
+ Nice retro-like graphics
+ Fun special attacks
+ You can use different weapons (such as a sword) to take out your enemies)
+ Tons of video game, movie and TV-series refrences
+ Fun dialogs and jokes
+ Challenging and creative stages
+ It’s rather addicting to collect coins and tickets
+ You can switch back and fourth between different characters (think “Kid Chameleon”)

Cons:
– There is no boss fights in the alpha demo
– The controls were somewhat stiff at times
– There were a few bugs in the demo, but
– The hard difficulty might be a huge turn off for some players

Gameplay: 4/5
Graphics: 4/5
Sound/music: 4/5
Controls: 4/5
Replay value: 4/5

tgg grade 4 out of 5

Verdict: 4/5
“Landflix Odyssey” is what happens when you mix awesome games and game series such as “Mega Man”, “TMNT”, “Battletoads”, “Super Mario Bros 2”, “Wonder Boy III” and “Ghosts ‘n Goblins” with pop culture and famous TV-shows. In other words, Fantastico Studio has managed to create a really fun and challenging 2D platformer. So I truly hope that the full game will be just as great as the demo was.

Title: Landflix Odyssey
Developer: Fantastico Studio
Format: PC
Genre: 2D platformer
Resolution: Highest possible on PC
Release date: Fall 2018
Difficulty: Normal
Spent time: +6 hours
Average grade internationally: XXX
PEGI age rating: +12
Price: TBA

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