Indie Review: Bit Of War
After a four year wait, Holdmade Games finally released their God of War demake, Bit of War, for free earlier this year. It was developed part-time, which is why it took so long, and it's an 8-bit re-imagining of the famous PlayStation exclusive series. How does taking Olympus on in 2D work out as a game?
- Worth The Time?Yes, again, especially if you're a fan of God of War.
- Things LovedThe cute graphics, old school gameplay, the adorable music, the nostalgia, it can be challenging, it's quite lengthy.
- Things HatedIt can be a bit too simple and lack gameplay variety.
- RecommendationIf you're a fan of God of War, you'll enjoy this game and seeing some famous elements from the series recreated in 8-bit form. Otherwise, it's free to play and quite lengthy and addictive, so you should definitely try it.
- Name: Bit Of War
- Genre: Action
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC
- Developer: Holmade Games
- Publisher: Holmade Games
- Price: Free
- Reviewed On: PC
You can download the game for free here.
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Holmade Games has taken four long years to finally release their God of War demake, Bit of War. The game was developed part-time, and it was released as a free download earlier this year. It was made with the intention of re-imagining the God of War series in an 8-bit world, and it’s designed to be a callback to simple old school gaming and, of course, a tribute to the famous series. The game is entirely 2D, and if you’ve been gaming for a long time you’ll certainly feel nostalgic by just looking at these screens. But how does taking on Olympus as an angry Kratos in 2D glory translate into a game?
As you would expect, the gameplay is as simple as it could possibly get. You move around with the arrow keys, press the up arrow to interact with doors or chests, press A to jump and S to attack, and use Z to cycle through your magic spells and X to use them. That about summarizes the gameplay in its entirety, and while it doesn’t sound like much, believe it or not this was how gaming was done in the old days. Bit of War is a smooth operator, and fans will recognise Kratos’ Blades of Chaos, and various magic spells like the Medusa Head, which can turn enemies into stone, and Zeus’ lightning shot. You’ll encounter all sorts of enemies and creatures, many that you will recognise from the God of War series, as well as some pretty sweet boss fights. However, platforming is mostly kept to simple jumping and climbing ladders, and like the God of War series itself there’s nothing overly challenging about it, and most of the focus is on the combat. Despite its simplicity, it can get quite challenging sometimes.
Understandably, there’s not a whole lot to say about the gameplay in a title like this. About the only thing you may not like about the game is that it’s a little bit too simple, in that it lacks gameplay variety. However, if you’re a fan of the series and you enjoy old school games like this, then Bit of War will do it for you, and it’s quite a lengthy game that is both addictive and charming. I got lost in it a number of times before I realised I had played for quite a while, and I guess that’s also because the experience is very relaxing due to it not being too difficult or frustrating. It’s also paced really well and has a comfortable checkpoint system, with you also being able to save your game if you want to stop playing.
Graphically, Bit of War is extremely cute, charming and pleasing to look at. Kratos himself has been transformed from an overly violent bad ass into a little cute midget, and it’s hard not to be won over by the game’s visuals. There’s plenty of variety in the game’s environments, and it’s a very colourful game overall. With a game like this, a few screenshots can do the job of telling you exactly what to expect, and as a God of War fan myself I definitely loved the visuals in Bit of War. The music and sound effects are extremely adorable, and I’d say that even a man of steel could succumb to this game’s charm. The tracks are catchy, fun to listen to and I wouldn’t find it to be all that surprising if you end up bobbing your head to a few of the soundtracks. This game can do that to you. You’ve been warned.
Simply put, Bit of War is a tribute to both old school gaming and the God of War series itself, and it’s a cool little game that’s addictive, charming and enjoyable to play. It’s free and quite lengthy, so you should definitely try to play it, but ultimately it will be God of War fans who appreciate it the most, and get the best from it. Still, it’s a great choice if you’re up for some good old nostalgia.