Parasite Pack by Lowtek Video games
Parasite Pack is a bundle of two retro 8-bit model video games themed across the titular parasites. Flea! is a platforming title following the adventures of a relatively energetic insect because it ravenously hunts down the blood it must sate its thirst. Tapeworm Disco Puzzle supplies a slower tempo of motion with an assortment of brainteasers involving the musical tapeworm protagonist. Each video games are set in the identical surreal world the place blood is a a lot coveted useful resource.
Flea to Do What I Need Any Previous Time
Flea! is the extra acquainted entry of those two video games. The leaping protagonist is on the hunt for blood and should soar, hop, and bounce by way of 80 ranges to free it from the grip of a tyrannical king flea. Every degree options a number of blood containers to gather, every of which supplies an additional life, and these quickly begin to pile up. A superb factor, too, as Flea! begins to dial up the problem after the primary few ranges.
Flea! brings a twist to the basic platformer expertise within the type of the eponymous parasite’s incapacity to cease leaping. It’s necessary to keep away from any overhead obstacles, and the one management over this relentless leaping is the power to shorten the soar with fastidiously timed button presses. This provides a way of fixed movement to every stage, and the extent design is constructed round this limitation.
A pair small boons are supplied as the sport progresses, most notably the power to sprint ahead in a straight line. This arrived just a little too late within the journey for my style, because it provides a enjoyable dynamism and management to the motion that feels absent earlier on. That mentioned, it additionally makes the degrees a tad simpler and so it calls for trickier degree design to compensate. The levels themselves are nicely conceived, and there is a fascinating boss on the finish of each set of ten that entails a dash throughout a scrolling degree (versus the static screens that make up the majority of the sport).
Tough Tapeworm Time
Tapeworm Disco Puzzle slows the motion down a bit, however that isn’t to say it isn’t with out some tempo of its personal. The vast majority of its ranges are puzzles constructed round transferring the worm throughout a grid to realize numerous targets with restricted physique size to spare.
Some levels contain defending fleas as they navigate the setting, whereas others merely require the gathering of musical notes. Each few ranges, there’s a extra action-oriented stage that takes its inspiration from the basic Snake online game style.
Each video games share an 8-bit aesthetic, and that is fantastically executed. Pixel artwork graphics depict all the pieces from fleas to wormholes to the relatively grisly setting of the degrees. I’ve to query the selection of theme for these titles – I can’t say parasites leap to thoughts as an interesting alternative of protagonists for platforming or puzzle video games – however to every, their very own!
All in all, Parasite Pack is a well-designed, flavorful, and difficult pair of video games that can carry one thing to the desk for platforming and puzzle followers alike.
Parasite Pack is obtainable by way of the Nintendo Retailer, the Sony PlayStation Retailer, and the Microsoft Retailer.
Watch the trailer for Parasite Pack under: