Thanks to Rinnegatamante, the maintainer of VitaDB and creator of lots of homebrew/ports, the PSVita got another port of a great open-source game. This time around, it’s Hydra Castle Labyrinth, an indie side-scrolling platformer which should be checked out by fans of Commander Keen, Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious (Metroidvania games) and other side scrollers!
What is Hydra Castle Labyrinth?
Playing Hydra Castle Labyrinth
As the title suggests, in this game you explore a large dungeon in which you must find tools and keys that let you progress in the game. Along the way, you’ll also have to fight some bosses but don’t worry, there are some equipment upgrades you can get that will make your character stronger! The game is a side scrolling platformer that controls very well with the Vita’s controls and excellent d-pad so you should get a highly enjoyable experience while playing this game.
The life bar conveniently changes its position to the bottom of the screen when the player is in the top-left corner!
The game was created by E. Hashimoto (Buster) and was originally released in 2011 entirely in Japanese but fortunately, some months later an English patch for it was released which meant that it could be enjoyed by Western audiences! Now, Rinnegatamante decided to port it to the PSVita with the help of EasyRPG Team (developed the audio decoder which was used for the audio code of the game) and some others. Trust me, the BGM (background music) is great in this one so it was worth the wait to have the audio code properly implemented (Rinnegatamante had the port finished without the audio code a few days ago)!
In addition to the normal release, this release gets 4 great screen borders that were created SwItChBlAdEfUrY and Brandonheat8! These screen borders make the game look nicer as you won’t get a black border around the 4:3 game area! The game also has an exceptionally nice LiveArea screen shown here.
The exceptionally nice LiveArea screen of this port!
How do I get it?
To get the game, all you need to do is open VHBB and get it from there since it’s on VitaDB. Alternatively, you can download the VPK from VitaDB on your computer/mobile device and install the game along with the data files. If you have any issues, report them to Rinnegatamante on GitHub or on the Wololo /talk page below!
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