Kratos sure is one angry dude, but that’s a bit understandable considering he’s forced to walk around wearing the ashes of his self-slaughtered family lodged in his epidermis. But what happens when the pugnacious Greek warrior is reduced to a handful of colored pixels? Holmade Games has answered that question with their 8-bit demake of the God of War series, Bit of War, which is now available for the low price of zero drachmas on PC.
The project has been in the works in one form or another for more than 5 years. “It’s taken us far too long to get here. But this year we made a New Year’s resolution to put everything else aside and give it the love it deserved and complete it.. and here it is! It was ultimately our fans’ support of our other games that allowed us to take this liberty, and for that we are eternally grateful to them,” said Adam Holmes, CEO of Holmade Games.
Oh, and that question about the 8-bit Kratos? He’s adorable.
The first Hurdle Turtle was a delightful, though sort of disposable game in which a cute-as-can-be turtle raced through three quirky, 8-bit tracks. It was a fun little distraction and oozed undeniable retro charm, but it wasn’t the kind of game that you’d want to play for more than ten minutes at a time due to its simplicity. Now our favorite amped-up amphibian has strapped on the sweatband for a victory lap, and the results are pretty much the same.
This isn’t so much a level pack as it is a re-skinned version of the original game. It has the same frenetic, but accessible gameplay and awesome 8-bit graphics and music, but it lacks any enhancements or alterations to the actual gameplay. It is the same three levels with different backgrounds and music. So, if you haven’t played the original or were absolutely smitten with it, by all means pick up this game, but if you were only moderately amused by it and were hoping for some real innovation, you’re going to want to wait for the next track meet.