Developer: Bigzur Games
Publisher: Bigzur Games
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £11.99 // $14.95
Eshop Page: Apocryph eshop page
Going back years in my gaming life I look fondly on my memories of the First Person Shooter genre. The hours and days/nights that I have ploughed into games such as Hexen, Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein are some of the best hours I have spent gaming. Well lets dive into a new game in the genre, Apocryph is the new kid on the block and lets see how it stacks up against its predecessors.
On loading the game I have to say the menu is basic and harks back to the early ’90s, I’m talking a static menu image with 3 options. The fact that the game goes basic really is the start of this homage to all things FPS. The game even states that this game is there as a mark of respect to the games of years gone by – Even on the game icon it says “Paying respect to all old school shooters”, and that they are!
lets delve into a little of the story, you play as Arbiter who was once of a high rank in his religious order. The Xilai were known for many things, such as their artistry, magical arts and unity. But all the worlds feared them for a different reason – the Xilai worshiped Death itself. For centuries they raided countless worlds, reaping souls in the name of their dreaded Mistress.
Events preceding the game have led to your exile, and now, after many years you return back, only to find fortresses and lands overrun with demonic spawns and vile beasts. Why were you exiled? What could cause this desolation? It’s time to find some answers… and reap some demon spawn in the name of Pale Mistress.
When you start playing the game itself you’ll realise there is no tutorial to speak of likes the games of old, no this throws you in at the deep end without holding your hand at all. You’ll quickly find yourself fighting off hordes of the undead and hellish creatures. The maps are creepy and set the tone for what’s to come.
The world you’ll find yourself in is a dark one, one of dark magic, rituals, creatures and much more. As you run around the levels you will find yourself fighting hordes and thinking on your feet to escape or destroy the oncoming swarms. You’ll need to keep your wits about you as with games of old Apocryph can be unrelenting at times.
The controls are very simple and are similar to modern FPS games in a lot of ways. It feels mostly comfortable to control your way through the maps. I’ve found a couple of issues with controls being a little unresponsive, I found myself fallen onto lava and next to me was a pathway so I tried to jump onto the pathway (which I had done before) but the jump button did nothing, this doesn’t happen all the time which is odd but hopefully something that could be patched out.
I have found myself enjoying my time with Apocryph, it takes me back to my childhood and playing games like Hexen and DOOM or Quake. Its good and simple but with plenty of challenge as you move through the difficulty levels. When I saw this in the eshop before the game launched I really wasn’t sure how I would find the game but its been something that even if I have a frustration with a level I keep going back to it.
Now sure this game is not as polished as modern versions of Doom or Wolfenstein 2 but on the whole it is clean and simple and the level design is pretty good. The Soundtrack is high tempo and really helps you get into the game and massively helps set the tone. I have the sound on my Switch either through my soundbar or through my X-Rocker gaming chair and man does it pound through either option.
The ability to carry up to nine different weapons is a solid choice, some weapons or items can be used to stun, freeze or deal damage. There are plenty of enemy types in the game to keep you on your toes. Whilst the game is fun the game is not built for longevity I have run through the game in around 4-6 hours on a moderate difficulty setting. Its a shame as I found myself wanting more in a lot of respects.
I will say that Bigzur Games were going for a respectful, original game that payed homage to ’90s first person shooters then bravo. As soon as I got into the first few levels of Apocryph I felt like I was back in time before broadband and it certainly felt like I was playing a classic of the time.
Check out the Trailer for Apocryph by BIGZUR GAMES below:
The Review Key for Apocryph was provided by Bigzur Games for the purposes of this review.