Excerpt: Once upon a time, video games were dominated by 8-bit graphics. You would be remiss if you think that time is now. A renaissance of the 8-bit way of life has been occurring over the past year, however, with 8-bit graphics and a return to old-school gameplay showing us that retro is in fashion again. The classic dungeon crawler has now received this treatment from NIS in Cladun: This is an RPG for the PlayStation Portable.
Conclusion: Cladun really helps to broaden the appeal of the PSP by giving players a 40 hour game with small levels to help solidify the portable experience. Multiplayer isn't really a huge selling point, but the game will have your attention for hours on end.
Summary: Cladun: This is an RPG is definitely just that. There’s no bait and switch here. What you’ll be getting for your $19.99 is a game that is light on storytelling and characterization, but what little there is manages to be whimsical and charming. The game is definitely not a pretty one by today’s graphical standards, but don’t judge a game by appearances as the engine is arguably the deepest I’ve ever seen in an action RPG.
Excerpt: Cladun: This is an RPG! is the latest entry in the growing line-up of retro-homage parody games. Like 3D Dot Game Heroes or Retro Game Challenge , Cladun takes genre conventions (in this case, RPGs) and treats then with equal parts homage and outright parody. Cladun manages to look great and not so great at the same time. Following other retro-styled games, Cladun uses throwback, sprite-based visuals similar to what you'd expect to see in 16-bit era games.
Summary: ClaDun, as the title suggests, is an RPG. More specifically it is a dungeon crawling retro-inspired action RPG from NIS America. An awesome one. ClaDun is all about the dungeon crawling. Think of it as a fusion of a Zelda-like RPG with a Rogue-like dungeon crawler. Mix in some portable-friendly, bite-sized gameplay, add a few pinches of customization and cover it with a deliciously retro sauce and you have a winner of a game.
Pros: + Retro feel, modern appeal., + Deep, customizable “Magic Circle” party system., + Minimal but amusing story.
Conclusion: In the style of Disgaea meets Neutopia (or The Legend of Zelda , if you know that one better) with a visual style copied borrowed from Half-Minute Hero and What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? , ClaDun is a very customizable RPG (the name is truth in advertising!) where all you have to start is a stick and the clothes on your back, left to defend yourself... and your bossy best friend, Pudding . She's the reason you're in this predicament as it is.
Pros: Deep RPG at $20!, Little barrier to entry, Deep hero customization, Create your own characters, Cool pixel-art style, Dungeons are usually short, straightforward
Cons: Endings are okay, credits are long, Multi-player is there, but broken
Excerpt: What did I do to deserve this RPG, my lords? In the style of Disgaea meets Neutopia (or The Legend of Zelda , if you know that one better) with a visual style copied borrowed from Half-Minute Hero and What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? , ClaDun is a very customizable RPG (the name is truth in advertising!) where all you have to start is a stick and the clothes on your back, left to defend yourself... and your bossy best friend, Pudding .
Pros: Deep RPG at $20!, Little barrier to entry, Deep hero customization, Create your own characters, Cool pixel-art style, Endings are okay, credits are long, Multi-player is there, but broken
Summary: This is not for those that want a quick hack and slash or run and gun experience. There is depth here and to fully appreciate the game you will need to dig into it and find what makes it special. If you want storyline, control over character progression, and other more standard RPG elements you need to look elsewhere.
Conclusion: ClaDun - This is an RPG! is an unapologetic tribute to the great games of the 8-bit era. Some of the charm may be lost on today's new-school gamer, but to those who know their gaming history ClaDun will bring back some fond memories. Don't let this PSN exclusive title pass you by.