Rijn the Specpyre in… Manor of the Damned! is a retro inspired action RPG, made to invoke memories of past consoles. Enter the manor and defeat the Damned! But who’s really Damned?
Right, many of you know I copy paste all my descriptions from the developers themselves, but I felt that it was necessary to write a new one. It was one sentence that told you nothing of the game. Anyway, on to the review.
Rijn, however you pronounce that, is a Zelda-like adventure game. It seems to draw heavy influences from Castlevania, but that’s not a bad thing. You take the roll of the Wanderer, a lost soul who an old man, known as The Old Man, identifies as a Vampyre. You are tasked with the role of defeating the 4 brothers.
The game controls rather well, and even let’s you customize the controls to something more suitable for you. As it uses Allegro, the controller support is quite decent, and all of my gamepads, all two of them, worked fantastically.
The story itself isn’t all that fantastic, but it is well written. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I must give credit where it is due. Each character had an amazing amount of thought put into their backstory, which you find in various books littered throughout the game.
Overall, I give Rijn the Specpyre an uncooked grilled cheese rating. The game controls well, and is very fun to play, but the difficulty scaling is a little off. It can be off putting for many players, and that’s the reason it doesn’t get a perfect.
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