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.
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, 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.
Pros: + Retro feel, modern appeal., + Deep, customizable “Magic Circle” party system., + Minimal but amusing story.
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!?
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Summary: NIS and the PSP seem to have gotten to know each other a lot better lately. After barely releasing any titles for the platform over the first few years of the console, 2010 has been the year that NIS has decided to really commit to the handheld. Their latest title: 'ClaDun – This is an RPG!
Excerpt: Are you down with the neo-retro movement? You know: games like 3D Dot Game Heroes, Etrian Odyssey, The Dark Spire, or NISA's latest handheld title: "Cladun." Short for "Classic Dungeon," this PSP dungeon crawler showcases intentionally pixel-heavy, 8-bit style graphics.