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  • While I’m working…

    Posted on April 19th, 2011 keving 1 comment

    …why don’t you go play some L’Abbaye des Morts?

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t aware of this little game until today. It was a very good use of about an hour or so, taking all the things that make 25-year-old ZX Spectrum platformers and making it smooth and modern enough for modern gamers to “get,” at least a little. The music, composed on a fantasy version of the PC speaker that features volume control, fits perfectly as well.

    There’s a bit of genius to the concept, too — take the standard Spectrum look, which lends itself to starkly-colored sprites hopping around on top of dark, muted backgrounds, and craft a platformer with a stark and dark, theme to match. It’s memorable.