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Vandyke is that this week’s addition to Hamster’s Arcade Archives

Dungeons and Dragons

One thing just a little totally different from Hamster this week, as the most recent addition to its bewildering Arcade Archives assortment is UPL’s distinctive top-down fantasy journey Vandyke, which is now accessible to obtain on PS4 and Nintendo Swap.

Launched to arcades in 1990, Vandyke is an amalgamation of titles reminiscent of Sega’s Golden Axe and SNK’s Ikari Warriors III, as muscle-bound He-Man battles his means by a monster-filled fantasy universe, however in vertically scrolling, top-down kind. Initially armed with a gnarly broadsword, our hero can collect new weaponry, reminiscent of a flail and a mace, and likewise name upon screen-zapping magical skills for when the melee will get just a little too shut for consolation. A second participant may help even the percentages, and a few platforming sections are included to place your pressured perspective points to the check.

Try the motion within the video under, courtesy of YouTuber arronmunroe.

This is among the few Arcade Archives releases I truly don’t have any private expertise of. I used to be by no means actually a fan of top-down melee fighters, (Capcom’s 1987 launch Avengers springs to thoughts). From the movies on-line, I’ll admit that Vandyke has a reasonably good look, and strikes at fairly a good clip. Nonetheless, I can’t assist however be stunned by its 1990 launch date, because it definitely seems to be like a recreation that may’ve hit the scene a number of years earlier than. I’m at all times blissful to be taught in regards to the video games that fell between the cracks, however this specific instance isn’t for me, personally.

Vandyke is offered to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Swap, priced at round $8

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor – Chris has been enjoying video video games because the Nineteen Eighties. Former Saturday Night time Slam Grasp. Graduated from Galaxy Excessive with honors.

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