8-bit Dungeon Crawling in the 21st Century
Very few retro-developers dedicate time to create new titles for current releases. One such indie team from the UK and Germany do exactly that with the old-school adventure of Dragonborne, an RPG that pits the player into the danger of 8-bit dragon caves.
Kris is on an epic quest. His father, the greatest dragon slayer known in the region, has gone missing. The dragons will soon awake and commence chaos. It’s up to you to save the day in classic Game Boy fashion.
Designed purely with that 8-bit aesthetic, Dragonborne provides 10 hours of dragon dungeon crawling with various features. These features include turn-based battles, mini-quests, puzzles, multiple endings, and more. Kris can utilize an array of weapon and armor upgrades whilst continuing to rank against his foes. Dragonborne‘s design is reminiscent of popular 8-bit titles such as Pokémon, Dragon Warrior, and The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
Dragonborne was originally released for the Game Boy system just last year. As a matter of fact, its creation stems from GB Studio, a visual game builder that doesn’t require programming skills. In addition, the game’s release trailer offers an extensive look at the nostalgic gameplay, accompanied by that early gaming score with a few music notes.
Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasures.”
How to Acquire the Dragonborne
This old-fashioned RPG can be acquired now through the Steam store for £12/$15.99/€13.29. Of course, there is the more unique route of acquiring the physical box and copy of the game through their website. The physical format of Dragonborne is compatible with any Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance device, truly bringing that sense of nostalgia for a newly-released game.
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