Black Jewel aims to emulate a c64 art style with its tale of stolen magical jewels and shirtless men with swords who aim to bring them back.
Darkor, unfortunate enough to have been saddled with such an obviously-evil name, has decided to steal the black jewel, and Ryan the Barbarian is having none of it. Even if he has to cross forty levels, striking countless goblins, ogres, and other giants until their skin literally falls off, he’ll bring the gem back. Unless, you know, all of those fire-breathing trees and huge bosses give him some guff.
Black Jewel is a slower-paced action game, with Ryan taking a little bit of time to wind up a swing or a jump, making things feel a bit more strategic rather than slashing away, players will need to take care if they want to return that enchanted jewel. Still, they’ll be gifted with some soothing sounds and charming pixel art that will dredge up many fond memories of the system and games built for it. Just don’t lose YOUR skin while enjoying it all.
Black Jewel is available for $1.99 on Steam and Itch.io. For more information on the game and developer Oscar Celestini, you can head to the developer’s site or follow them on YouTube and Twitter.