Dark Void Zero Review
- Publisher: Capcom Interactive, Inc.
- Genre: Adventure
- Released: 12 Apr, 2010
- Size: 14.7 MB
- Price: $2.99
- Classic platform gameplay.
- Clever Metroid-esque level design.
- Blowing the cartridge to load it up.
- Real 8-bit artwork is well past its prime, regardless of what your inner geek tells you.
It's odd that a tie-in game can overshadow a major console release, but Capcom is in top 8-bit form with Dark Void Zero and provides a lovingly crafted game that's enjoyable to blast through.
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Claimed to be a 20 year old 'lost' title from Capcom's back catalog, Dark Void Zero is a lovingly created 8-bit tie-in for the recent release of Dark Void on major consoles. From its artwork to the controls and tinny soundtrack, Dark Void Zero is full of what made platformers such strong titles 'back in the day'.
In keeping with the NES-style theme, Zero uses a virtual d-pad to move and two buttons for jumping and firing. These controls work well to provide 'revolutionary' 8-way firing and flight once you have a jet-pack strapped to your back. Movement is responsive and doesn't require your thumb to be placed exactly to recognize gestures and auto flight and fire are available to keep things from getting too awkward.
Newer gamers may find the game off-putting or gaudy, but the true charm of Zero comes from just how much effort has gone in to recreating a classic 8-bit feel and is certainly beautiful only in the 'eye of the beholder'. Thanks to the recent releases of Mega Man 9 and 10, Capcom's music department is also in top form. God Mode is available for those after a more casual experience and levels can be skipped for those not interested in completing all of the Metroid-esque levels.
It's not without good reason that Zero has managed to completely overshadow its next generation bigger brother. Even without nostalgia-goggles this is a title well worth trying just to experience a bit of classic gaming without all the fuss of emulated remakes or setting up your old NES.
DescriptionRise On! After 20 years, the legendary lost project “Dark Void” is back! To commemorate the game’s humble origins, Capcom has commissioned the recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled “Dark Void Zero”.
In this critically acclaimed 8-bit de-make, you play as Rusty, warrior test-pilot and Nikola Tesla’s trusted friend. With the help of your state-of-the-art rocket pack, blast through three deliciously retro levels of baddies in your quest to close Portal X and save the human race!
What the critics are saying about Dark Void Zero on DSiWare:
* "Dark Void Zero would have been considered a "classic" had it been made 25 years ago, and today, it's a retro-style blast." – IGN
* "It succeeds in virtually every aspect of its execution...this fantastic piece of software is an absolute must-own." – Nintendo World Report
* "If you're a fan of classic 8-bit action titles…this is definitely a game you'll want to add to your [game] collection. And if you're not a fan, this wildly enjoyable title might just make one out of you." – Nintendo Life
* "It doesn't matter whether your first gaming system had knobs, a directional pad, or dual analog thumbsticks: Dark Void Zero's tight action and delightful presentation are sure to entertain." – GameSpot
KEY FEATURES (Online features are English-only):
- Strap on your jetpack and blast through three levels of intense 8-bit action in Capcom’s retro de-make Dark Void™ Zero!
- Take control of 5 experimental weapons!
- ONLINE LEADERBOARDS: Top scores! Speed runs! Can you be the best?
- ACHIEVEMENTS: Hone your skills and score bragging rights with 30 OpenFeint achievements!
- FRIENDS: Add your Facebook friends and compete for top honors!
- iPhone SECRET ENDING: What's this? A brand-new never-before-seen ending? Only the best of the best will survive to see it!
- 8-bit graphics and "De-Mastered" Dark Void Zero score by Bear McCreary!
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What's New in Version 1.0.2God Mode and Level Select are back by popular demand! Cheats were oh-so-temporarily removed to nullify their effect on Leaderboards and Achievements, but DVZ fans have spoken. Update now to enjoy the latest and greatest!
Note: Leaderboards and Achievements are disabled for Cheat Modes.