In a not so far future, reality shows have evolved. The whole family joins together in a couch to watch Daily Espada, a show that involves participants fighting monstrous Brazilian culture creatures for various prizes. You, with your family’s interests at heart, decides to give it a shot. But is it what your family really needs? Your daughter is not too happy about it. Well, doesn’t matter, you can’t turn back anymore. In this game, only winners are allowed to leave.
Daily Espada is game of which players assume the role of a man who enters into a bizarre game show in order to with prize money to support his family, with crazy Brazilian mythology monsters, you must survive while dealing with personal issues, like a dealing with a daughter who isn’t supportive of your decision to enter the game show. In 2D action players will encounter monsters like the headless Mule and many other Folklore characters.
As a 2D action side scroller Daily Espada isn’t a unique game nor does it bring anything different from games that are similar, first off the boss battles are pattern based, so if you’ve played games like Mega Man which exclusively features pattern based A.I., then this game will be familiar once you start playing.
The game starts you off in office floor with multiple rooms without a weapon and you must enter the first room where you find a sword and then a gun in the second room, your main source of power is your protective armor, it allows you to transform as well as pull off faster and longer combos, unique bosses are found in every room you enter, treasure chests are located in each room also each chests has a key that help you unlock more rooms, experience is gain through chests and boss battles.
The controls are simple you have a sword attack, gun attack and an energy attack, you can unlock moves and combos as you play along, a high point for me is that you can chain attacks, players can jump in with a sword strike then switch up and unload a couple of shots, then attack again with a sword strike then finish it off with an energy attack. Some energy attacks are varies from a gun blast barrage to an all-out fury attack with your sword, but heads up most of these attacks are hit or miss so making sure you’re in the right position is important or you’ll be open for an attack.
At a certain point in the game, you are asked an important question that will impact the characters future with his family, I found that twist to the story a bit intriguing especially at the time it’s presented.
Visuals / Audio:
Daily Espada is heavily inspired by the 80’s retro era with its sound and graphics, Pidroh developers tried to make it an authentic as possible game show game with the enemies dropping one liners and threats. The problem with that is that it doesn’t fit, the audio seems out of place at times and the voice actors sound bad, I found myself scratching my head at some of the voices.
The background music of the other head isn’t as bad, it gives off that retro vibe the game is shooting for.
Indie games are always a hit or miss, and Daily Espada is a hit for its $9.99 price tag. Gamers should be entertain with its fast pace action and simple jump on controls.