I have good memories of both the NES and SNES eras of gaming, so if I made my own game, I don’t know which style I would want to emulate. Apparently the makers of High Strangeness couldn’t decide either, as the game allows the player to switch back and forth between the two visual styles. You’re not just changing the look and sound of the game as you flip between those two eras at will, but also how you move, attack, and interact with the game’s world.
High Strangeness starts off with Boyd’s cat going missing and his house filling up with deadly spectres, which is a whole lot to dump on a guy with no real powers to speak of. You have a suite of real-world weapons to use on these strange terrors, hitting them with your flashlight, throwing cds at them, or tossing a firecracker their way. Gotta work with what’s on hand. Also, the game has a stamina meter as well, so if you run or swing your weapon too much, you’ll be stuck wheezing when you really need to be knocking heads around.
Still, that’s not much to fight supernatural evil with, is it? You’re also armed with a magical skull that lets you shift from 8 bit to 16 bit styles, and this has drastic effects on gameplay. The game reflects the complexities and drawbacks of each era as you flip back and forth, so you and your enemies become capable of more complex movements and attacks in 16 bit mode, but things get a lot simpler in 8 bit. Knowing when to use which mode is a large part of the gameplay as you try to figure out why evil beings have suddenly decided to stalk poor old Boyd, but it’s also really neat to see in action. It’s straightforward, fun stuff filled with jokes and some solid music, and it’s available right now for anyone else who feels torn apart by love of two great eras in video games.
High Strangeness is available for $9.99 on Steam and Wii U. For more information on it, you can head to the game’s site or follow it on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about Crystal Labs, you can head to their site, and for Barnyard Intelligence Games, you can head to their site or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.