Video Game: Soulcaster
Soulcaster and its sequel Soulcaster II are a pair of retro-style games for Xbox Live Arcade and PC that blend classic Gauntlet-style top-down Action Adventure games with Tower Defense.The player character is totally helpless on his own. However, he has the ability to summon avatars of powerful warriors to defend him:
- Shaedu, the archer, who can attack enemies at range with her bow as long as she has a line of sight.
- Aeox, the knight, who has the strongest defense but can only attack adjacent enemies.
- Bloodfire, the alchemist, whose bombs deal Area of Effect damage and can be thrown over walls, but has very low defense and explodes when killed.
The Soulcaster games provide examples of:
- Cycle of Hurting: Happens if you get surrounded and you have no scrolls left.
- Event Flag: The trigger is usually standing on a certain square.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Aeox, Bloodfire, and Shaedu, respectively.
- Floating Continent: One of the levels in Soulcaster II is a flying city.
- Game Level
- Genre Buster: Elements of a Tower Defense while playing nothing like a normal Tower Defense; elements of a top-down Action Game while playing nothing like a normal top-down Action Game.
- Inescapable Ambush: Ubiquitous. Basically happens in every level—the way back is blocked, and the only way to progress is to kill all the enemies.
- Mission-Pack Sequel: The gameplay of Soulcaster II is identical to the original; mostly, it's just new levels.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Zombies are one of the main types of mooks you'll encounter.
- Password Save: Used in the Xbox version of the first game.
- Retraux: In the style of the 8-bit era.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Worn by the title character.
- RPG Elements: Visit the Merchant to upgrade your warriors' range, power, attack speed, and HP.
- Sequel Hook: At the very end of the second game, your companions ask you to help them in another quest.
- Sheathe Your Sword: The Path of Temperance in the second game will spawn a horde of rats that multiply when attacked. The only way to beat the stage is by running to the exit without trying to kill the enemies.
- Shout-Out: The famous "JUSTIN BAILEY" password from the original Metroid works in the first Soulcaster. It starts you off partway through the game with a bunch of upgrades on all three souls.
- Smart Bomb: Scrolls deal massive damage to all nearby enemies. They're a good panic button in case you get surrounded.
- Summon Magic: The premise of gameplay. You can summon the three souls at will.
- The Turret Master: Since your allies are stationary, this is very much at play.