There are a few games out there in 2020 that have made me want to throw myself under a bus. But no game has made me quite as frustrated as Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio, an 8-bit, 2D platformer from those sadistic folks over at Fantastico Studio (Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal).
The premise is simple enough.
You are Tcheco, a short, unattractive little dude who must make his way through various stages of mind-bending shenanigans collecting keys and avoiding the many pitfalls that lurk within the Castle of Lucio. These include bats, lizards, flying heads, and dogs with fire breath. There are also giant floating babies that hurl fireballs at you. Or maybe they fart fire, because that would totally fit Tcheco.
Playing this game is lots of fun.
But it is guaranteed to get your heart rate up. Having your blood pressure meter firmly secured to your arm at all times is an absolute must. If you’re not grey already, this game will turn you grey. Play with an open window because, well, it’s better to lose a controller that way than it is to replace a smashed pane of glass. But despite being so frustrating you want to pull off your own face, it’s incredibly addictive and has tons of repeat play value.
Everything about the aesthetic with Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio screams old school video games. This would look more at home on the ZX Spectrum than it does on an Xbox One, but that’s its appeal. As ageing gamers, many of us long for those bygone days where side-scrolling was as complicated as it got, and our heroes looked like a mushed up collection of pixels. This won’t appeal to everyone, but for those of us that grew up playing the likes of Dizzy, Tcheco is a must.
Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio has almost killed me several times this week. But each time I find myself going back to put myself through it one more time. That tells you everything you need to know in a nutshell. This is a highly addictive game that will ultimately be the death of you. But there are worse ways to go out, that’s for sure.
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Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 05/06/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Arcade, Platformer
Developer: Marcelo Barbosa
Publisher: Fantastico Studio
Download link: Microsoft Store