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Video Game / The Curse of Issyos

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The Curse of Issyos Is the latest game to be released by Spanish developer Locomalito on December 15, 2015. It is an Action Game based on Greek Classical Mythology and made to resemble NES games from the 80s, particularly Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden and Zelda II.

Defkalion was a fisherman who was sailing the seas one day when he heard the voice of the goddess Athena, who told him that his home island, Issyos, has been cursed by the Colossus and will sink into the ocean soon. He sails back home immediately to rescue his daughter, who is the only family he has left.

The game can be found here.

This game contains examples of:

  • Advancing Wall of Doom: Talos in Stage 3 will chase you in the middle of the level, forcing you to head into a building to safety.
  • After Boss Recovery: Averted. Any damage you take upon completing a level gets carried over to the next stage.
  • Continuing is Painful: Zig-Zagged. Upon death or using a continue, you'll still keep whatever weapon you had, as well as Athena's Bow if you take the alternate path in Stage 4. However, you lose your armor on death, and using a continue will cause you to lose all of your gold and keys and set your arrows back to 15.
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  • Difficulty Spike: The Colossus chase. There is absolutely no room for error there.
  • Flunky Boss: Hades, in both forms. He summons skeleton-like spiders after shooting a few fireballs your way, and summons flaming birds that home in on you after he Turns Red.
  • Guide Dang It!: Finding the three keys needed to open a door in stage 4 in order to rescue Hephaestus and get Athena's Bow. Likewise, to find the soul of Defkalion's daughter in the last stage, you need to shoot the souls in the first room with Athena's Bow until you find a spark, which represents the soul of his missing daughter.
  • Lizard Folk: A common enemy in the first couple of levels.
  • Multiple Endings: There are three of them.
    • The worst ending is where you don't rescue Hephaestus in Stage 4 by finding the 3 keys needed to open the door near the end of the level. You not only fail to learn the truth but you lose your daughter's soul to Hades.
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    • The bad ending is where you save Hephaestus who tells you about why Issyos is sinking to the sea floor, but fail to save your daughter's soul.
    • The best ending has you saving Hephaestus and your daughter's soul.
  • Nintendo Hard: As usual for a game made by Locomalito.
  • One-Hit Kill: Medusa, the Boss of Stage 5, will invoke this on you if you look in her general direction while the eye is floating above her head. That's your cue to face the opposite direction so you don't die from her stare.
  • Our Minotaurs Are Different: The Minotaur.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the first stage, some to the giant scorpions will emerge from caverns in the walls, showing their eyes for a few seconds before leaping out to attack you.
  • Rule of Three: Stages 2 and 5 have you exploring the area to find three keys so you can unlock the gate to the boss. There are also three keys needed to unlock the door near the end of the level 4 so you can rescue Hephaestus, who'll give you Athena's Bow which is required for the good ending.
  • Shout-Out: Stage 6 is called Path of Scylla, named and based off of a stage in Hydorah, another game Locomalito made. It even has some of the enemies, a section where you descend downwards while trying to avoid the eels trying to eat you, and a chiptune remix of it's theme.
    • The Colossus turning to look at you and the subsequent chase in Stage 3 is a reference to the famous Talos scene in Jason and the Argonauts.
  • You Are Too Late: By the time you beat Medusa in Stage 5, Defkalion's daughter is turned to stone.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: The most you can do is try to rescue your daughter And Hephaestus to get Athena's Bow which is needed to save her soul. You can't stop Issyos from sinking to the sea floor.