The Nintendo Entertainment System will forever hold a special place in the heart of many gamers. Since its release 1985 release, the NES has become a cultural staple, transcending being a simple home video game console, and becoming a touchstone of fond memories and frustratingly hard 8-bit games.
A Hole New World, developed by Mad Gear Games, looks to be a product of NES-inspired proportions. The lovingly lo-fi title has recently taken to Kickstarter in order to raise $8,000 and finish development.
Retro has been “in” as far as indie development goes for quite some time, but A Hole New World — based off of its transfixing Kickstarter video — looks to be firmly steeped in the tradition than many others. Equal parts Castlevania and Mega Man, with some VVVVVV-style platforming and bullet hell boss patterns thrown in for good measure, A Hole New World looks as though it will offer old-school fans plenty to sink their teeth into.
One of the most interesting elements of A Hole New World lies within the game’s name. As the Potion Master, players will not only be able to explore a traditional game world, but also traverse an upside-down world by hopping into holes. It’s an interesting idea, to be sure, and a great play on words. Seeing footage the upside-down world in the Kickstarter trailer shows that it will have some additional challenges to navigate as well.
Currently, Mad Gear Games have five stages (and their inverse versions) planned for A Hole New World, with a series of magical elements to experiment with. New Game + and multiple endings are also planned.
Additional information, as well as Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals can be found by visiting A Hole New World’s campaign page.
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