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May 9, 2010 | 7:56 AM EDT

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"Greek & Wicked" is an experiment like "Tuper Tario Tros." was, not a big game.

William started to think about the differences between old and modern games : what are these differences ? Mostly better graphics and sounds, but in term of game mechanics old and modern games can be very similar. So, what if we take modern games elements and reduce them to their most simple form to create a very old fashioned electronic game like a Game & Watch.

When we started working on it, Guillaume was playing a game that was the perfect modern and AAA game reference we needed : God of War.

We had some difficulties to finish this game, and in the same time daily news were (and still are) really hard too. We thought the fight of our little greek character against an invincible hydra was really close to modern fights. That's why William integrated a little scenario connected to recent european events.



- Arrows to move
- X to use weapons
- ESC / P to pause



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very nice

I too think games need more than just flash and flair, but it's quite common than things can skate by and bank coin just fine even though they lack any sort of substance (Transformers 2, Matrix 2 and 3...etc.).

There is just a handful of things here that provoke me to play Devil's Advocate with you though. While the gameplay mimics that of God of War pretty closely, I think it is dumbed down just a bit too much. Not saying the gameplay is bad either, it's just that from your own perspective of "what has really changed in games since 'back then'?", you cannot compare this game with GoW. The real version forced you to block, wail on the target, roll away once they started their AoE attack, use magic to continue dpsing instead of dodging, and generally let you decide who you're going to take down first and how you were going to do it. While a bit of that is still present here, it is lost due to the simple nature of this game. Again, it is not a bad thing, just you cannot compare 1-shotting hydras here to the battle it takes in the real game. (Even if you only mash the square button you'd still die if you didn't at least block or roll away, for example.)

The other issue that makes comparisons difficult is one of the strongest points of the GoW series: the soundtrack. The pumping orchestra, drums, french horns, and vocals really make make the games stand out in terms epic gameplay. While it doesn't make you feel like you *are* Kratos, it is hard to not feel anything other than being a badass while playing the game.

All in all, excellent depiction of a very valid and sadly forgotten point. If you strip a game down to it's most simple form and it is still fun, then it's going to be a good game. Graphics are a tool to allow people to more fully immerse themselves into a story or a game, something the developers/publishers should utilize to enhance their work. It is *not* the sole aspect of any idea, and if it is the only thing your product has worth talking about, you have failed. Minor note: I think the graphics style you used, while it is based on Game and Watch, look eerily close to the intro 'cinematic' of GoW3, whether or not that was intentional, it's cool all the same.

Excellent idea and excellent game. Though I took off a point to the cheesy political tie-in at the end. Better off making it a joke than a talking point, in my opinion. (It's like when an actor gives an acceptance speech and just prattles on and on about the rights of llamas in South Africa or something. We didn't 'vote' you to win because of your personal beliefs, we did it because you played your part well.) If you had a mode where 'Kratos' had to fight endless waves of debt, or keep a huge bill bouncing in the air by attacking it and making it smaller then I'd say you got a game on your hands, but a sudden "Being in Greece sux ATM" kind of statement at the end is off-putting at best.

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SwingSwing responds:

First, thanks a lot for your long and interesting review. It's good to read critics like these.

Greek & Wicked is a really hard game to define cause there's a lot of themes in it : Game & Watch, God of War, Financial Crisis,... It can be difficult for players to understand why we mixed all these different things together and understand what is serious and what is a parody.

As we wrote, this game is an experiment and mixing these strange elements is part of the experiment. That's why your feedbacks are really important (thanks everybody).

One thing about old vs modern games : we are really fans of God of War series and even if Greek & Wicked is a retro game, we don't say that old games are better then modern games :)


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

good but to short

you should make a full version since this one was so awesome maybe follow more god of war levels or other games. but other than that...great!!!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


great game!^^
i remember that level =D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

awsome game man

great way to make a better game & watch but another name for it could be game & SPARTA!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

you R right

jodelhodel its old and i wish it was true like oil panic ( i got one ) x100 Sniffs