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Claus Adventure Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Claus Adventure

Claus Adventure is a platformer with elements of metroidvania.
User rating: 14 (70%) 6 (30%) 7 comments

Claus Adventure was available as a giveaway on March 13, 2023!

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Thread Fred-Side-Scroller Shooter, under your control is a flying man.

Young Klaus embarks on a journey, being inexperienced and weakened from the summer chaos, he tries to find his strength and agility that will allow him to reach the end of his journey and return to his world as a strong and experienced Klaus.

Claus Adventure is a platformer with elements of metroidvania, where the player, in order to pass some levels, needs to look for the appropriate skills and return to familiar levels.

Features of the game:
- Visual style
- Elements of Metroidvania
- Complexity

System Requirements:

OS: Microsoft Windows; Processor: Intel Celeron 1800 MHz; Memory: 512 MB RAM; Graphics: Intel HD Graphics; Storage: 23 MB available space; Sound Card: DirectSound Compatible; Additional Notes: Keyboard





File Size:

110 MB



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Claus Adventure is a 2D side-scrolling platform game with some inspiration from portal (warping to other areas) and 'metroidvania' games in that there is some exploration elements with pathways of the levels that are not accessible at first such as you cant jump initially over enemies or to other platforms, and cant kill them right away, but is possible later when they acquire special items. Controls are the Left and Right Arrow keys to move left and right. Up arrow key to interact with items and portals. The shift, x, and c keys are used for items you acquire which are running faster, jumping, and shooting. Wall Jumping does not exist and controls are responsive. No story exists, the description story makes little sense as this has nothing to do with christmas and you shoot lasers to boot. There is a retro arcade shader filter in the options you can try, and no save is possible so will have to play in one setting - dying restarts but keeps the upgrades you found. It might be helpful to have a +1 on health when you go through a portal to lessen frustration of some players or restart on the same level, or this could be done as an easy mode. No issue when your are say at level 2-5, but perhaps frustrated when at level 17.

The exploration is more on the light side, no maps like in most metroidvanias due to their large levels, with portals that can take you to different levels - for example level 2 has a tricky additional portal that takes you to level 3 which requires a long jump that would otherwise be missed (hint). I would consider changing the walking sound effect which sounds like crunching bugs currently. Possibly changing colors of some portals to indicate further, back, or much further ahead.

All in all its actually a pretty good effort to download and try with some potential fun and was better than most of the cash grab type platformers put together quickly we can get that (for me) are deleted right away, but has little replayability and is not in the same league at all as fully developed games such as some I mentioned in another reply so keep that in mind if there is a cost to obtain it unless its developed further,.
Rating: C

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Unfortunately, the Steam reviews are really no help. There's 1 negative review in English accusing this game of being a GameMaker Studio asset flip, and that being the standard for this developer. The other 5 English positive reviews are of the phony looking kind (Actually 6, but the filter only recognized 5 as English, but not, amazingly, "dream of many". Somehow, I don't think this is the "dream of many [rolls eyes]). There are a few shortish positives in other languages but I didn't bother running them through a translator. Also a couple of negatives in Russian which I didn't run through, either.

The champion, however, - and the main reason I posted is this beauty: "Got this on steam sale day for £399.00, best money I've ever spent." £399! Wow! Does Steam sell any single game for three hundered and 99 pounds??!?!? I would have thought, "decimal point in the wrong place", but then why would you put .00? How dumb does that poster think people are?!?!? On the other hand, the great American showman Phineas T. Barnum never said, "there's a sucker born every minute". But some do quote him as saying, "You'll never go broke UNDERestimating the intelligence of the America public." (Caps for emphasis are mine.) :P

However, with Jason not panning it, might be worth a try. Wonder how much game play is there? Will wait a bit to see if anyone else ways in. Not really trying to accumulate a ton of short games.

Reply   |   Comment by mediaman13  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Oops, Jason already answered that. Lunch break game. TY anyway, GGOTD. Appreciate the giveaways.

Reply   |   Comment by mediaman13  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Today's game is a simple platformer in which you must use warps to transport to other portions of the level, defeat enemies move onto the next level. The games protagonist, looks like a Santa Claus by the hat he wears, I think that may very well be a pixelated white beard too on the little guy :) So I guess it's him.

The game starts off in a little bit of an odd position. at first you may see something that resembles a portal on the screen but moving your arrows around does fix the scroll issue and will take you to the top of the screen to control your character.

At first you can't shoot things and you can't jump. These abilities you can pickup on other points of the games you warp to. Z and X will be the keys to use once you gain these abilities.

It should be noted that once you pickup the ability to jump, your character moves much faster on the screen.

On today's game I got a shader model warning which meant I did not have it. The Intel UHD 600 supports that so I am unsure what it's problem is. I've played other games on my laptop so this game is detecting the hardware wrong? The only thing the shader does turn the game into a retro style TV. So I am unsure.

Overall this game is considered a quick lunch break game, although when you exit it, you start at the beginning again.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

sailorbear510 aka Jason, Thanks for that description. I'm not a "platformer" person, but despite looking up a couple of definitions of metroidvania (?!!), I'm not really much further forward with knowing that word means.

Gamer gobbledegook like "utility-gated exploration" might mean something to you young folks, but that, and "non-linear guided exploration" just leave me thinking "whaaa … ?!"

tropes.com's rather less jargon-ridden definition, though, leaves me thinking "Oh, so it means any game like Doom, then? You have to go back and forth around the place, shooting respawning enemies in the meantime, and pick up "keys" and things to progress, right? Except it looks like a platform game." Does that sound about right to the panel? :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Cad Delworth, Metroidvania refers to games that have similar gameplay to the 2D Metroid and Castlevania separate series sometimes in that there is some pathways that are not accessible right away but can be later when they acquire special items, tools, weapons, abilities, or knowledge within the game. Classics like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night or any Metroid/Castlevania games from the gameboy advance up to more recent PC attempts like Dust: An Elysian Tail, Elderand, Cathedral, and also zeldavania's (Zelda and Castlevania mixes) like Phoenotopia: Awakening are but a few.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Cad Delworth, It is where the game Castlevania crosses over with Metroid gameplay wise. The Bloodstained series especially Ritual of the Night

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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