New release: Spellshard: The Black Crown or Horgoth
Hello there indie RPG fans! My name is Jordan/jackal27 and I’ll be helping Craig out with indieRPGS.com while he’s handling his Kickstarter this month! Craig has been gone for a few days now and if you’re anything like me, you’re already slobbering for a new indie RPG to sink your teeth into. Well, have I got a (free) treat for you.
While Spellshard: The Black Crown of Horgoth may not exactly be a brand new game (it was released over a year ago), it has received very little attention from what I’ve seen. Spellshard is a post-apocalyptic NES-styled console jRPG that was developed over the course of 9 years and built using the OHRRPGCE construction engine.
Your knee-jerk reaction might be to write Spellshard off as yet another “8-bit” indie RPG ripping graphics and music from the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior, but you would be sorely mistaken. Everything in Spellshard is built from the ground up. From its graphics and music, to the monsters and loot, Spellshard is a completely original game.
After 1000 years of peace and prosperity, an ancient evil arises once again… The land has been stricken with an evil curse and the eight Lords of Decay have returned to undo millennia of scientific progress… In order to restore the lost technology, a group of young heroes have come forth to challenge the Lords of Decay and their daemonic hordes…
Developers Shizuma and KF Harlock (who also developed the recent Dungeonmen: Men of Dungeons) describe Spellshard as offering “…around 30-40 hours of gameplay, a robust branching class system, and hopefully, an all-around fun and engaging experience.”
Spellshard certainly has that NES-era Final Fantasy feel to it, but the game really stands on its own as well. It’s a shame that Spellshard hasn’t received more attention, especially given how much time and energy went into it. This one was built with a lot of love. Spellshard: The Black Crown of Horgoth is currently available for Windows at the low, low price of free! Download it and give it a try.