The plot: The lament of a young witch has been turned into a key for demons into this world. Take on the King's mission and guide Don Ramiro through the cursed lands of Tolomera in order to expel the evil that entered the Kingdom of Castile!
The game: Maldita Castilla (Cursed/damn Castile) is an action platformer full of myths from Spain and the rest of Europe. The graphic style is raw, a dark pixel art with a limited color palette displayed through a dirty old monitor effect. Also, Gryzor87 composed the music emulating the Yamaha YM2203 sound chip, so that the game has real arcade sound.
Influences: Medieval paintings, codex and places from the old Spain, specially from the Kingdom of Castile. The Amadis of Gaul, the best chivalry book ever. Ghost n Goblins and other arcade games from the mid 80s like Tiger Road, Black Tiger, Shinobi, Rygar, Karnov or Trojan.
Personal note: I've missed new arcade chivalry games for many years, so I just decided to make one by myself with obscure myths from Spain.
Stories: Maldita Castilla has been so well received that the arcade community has created several cabinets for it. It won the 2013 HóPlay award for the best sound and even the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra performed it's main theme in the PlayFest festival of 2014. Thanks to some circunstances and the collaboration of Abylight Studios and YoYo Games, in 2016 we've been able to publish an extended and enhanced version of the game for the big platforms called Maldita Castilla EX
Maldita Castilla EX is the extended and enhanced version of Maldita Castilla for commercial platforms like XBox One. More info at Abylight Studio website.
Maldita Castilla EX (XBox One)