Evil Diary is a restricted vary side-scroller with a quite simple premise—shoot every little thing that strikes and hope you don’t die. Just one other day on the workplace, proper? Recent occasions have left our hero on their lonesome within the large metropolis, with an never-ending military of undead, alien issues all bent on killing you. You have your wits and a pistol, which doesn’t sound like a lot. And it isn’t.
Let’s see what we do have right here. The visuals are going for the retro 8 Bit factor, and so they do it moderately effectively. The graphics are pixelated and largely darkish (given the theme of the story, it’s applicable). But there are splashes of coloration, and it’s straightforward sufficient to tell apart what issues are alleged to be. Since a lot of the baddies are aliens, it doesn’t matter a lot what they appear to be; this can be a recreation which follows the previous mantra: “If it strikes, shoot it.”
Speaking of shifting round, the controls are fairly straightforward; you need to use both the route buttons or the left stick. All it’s important to fear about is up, down, left, proper. There is not any operating, no leaping, no ducking, no hiding—simply maintain shifting to keep away from being hit, and maintain taking pictures. There are typically obstacles in your path, so the vary of motion may be restricted. Be cautious or you could possibly get your self caught in a bottleneck that may lead you to taking further hits. As you most likely anticipated, you solely get a restricted variety of hit factors, so it’s important to be a bit cautious. The first few rounds are fairly straightforward, so there isn’t a lot fear there. After issues get a bit extra hectic, the sport will drop first assist kits. These will restore you to full hit factors, however they don’t hold round endlessly. Be considered about choosing them up (simply contact them to make use of them).
Now, let’s discuss concerning the music, as a result of we’ve got to have music as we slay the hordes of aliens and undead. The builders mentioned this recreation has a heavy steel soundtrack, and they’re technically right. The music is effectively performed, it’s excessive power, and it doesn’t take your consideration off the sport play, which may get you lifeless. Depending in your preferences in music, the soundtrack just isn’t so steel as to be off-putting to most players, however steel sufficient to attraction to these of us who like our tunes a bit heavy. It’s most akin to epic steel, however nowhere close to thrash. Those who know the steel household tree may begin nodding…and perhaps throwing horns ( |,,| ).
Now we get right down to the center of the factor: gameplay. Evil Diary has only a few parts; it truly is simply transfer up, down, left, proper, and shoot stuff whereas avoiding taking injury. It could be very primary however satisfying in its purity. It additionally isn’t very troublesome, however you do have to concentrate. There aren’t any weapon enhancements or different upgrades you see in numerous video games of this sort. The recreation does provide a number of power-ups (just like the lightning bolt which, should you get to it in time, will make you invulnerable for a number of seconds), however there don’t appear to be any everlasting enhancements to your scenario upon which you’ll construct. There are some between-level shootouts the place you simply should hit the fireplace button as quick as doable to kill the alien earlier than it will get to you. At one level, as you attempt to escape the town, you get to experience a bike and shoot issues.
You solely get to go in a single route, so you might be restricted in motion. You can buy a brand new pores and skin and go from blonde to red-head to chainsaw duck (I assume it’s a factor), however beauty upgrades lack any actual draw for me.
All issues thought-about, Evil Diary is a little bit of enjoyable. At press time, Evil Diary is on sale within the Nintendo eShop for $3.99. It’s value it at that worth level, however bear in mind that Evil Diary is a bit shallow as gaming experiences go.