DARK SOULS IN EGYPT
Pharaonic is a 2D / 3D Action RPG based on Dark Souls, and built around the Ancient Egypt Culture. That means you start very low from your slave's quarters cell, and will have to fight all the way up to the Pharaoh himself ! Or herself… i don't remember actually as i have completed this game when it was released in 2016. By the way… if you're interested by this game, just click right here to go to the Steam Store.
Pharaonic is made in 3D, i mean the characters, the world around you… But the battles are in complete 2D like if you were playing to some Street Fighter, with enemies coming either from the left or the right. And don't think it's easier than a Dark Souls where you can receive hits from 360°, because in Pharaonic an enemy with a Spear can hit you behind another enemy, who will parry your own attacks 😉
Here are some screenshots (click to enlarge)
TRUE SOULS ALTERNATIVE
Though Pharaonic is shorter than a Dark Souls, and of course it's not the same price… Only 15€ last i checked, it has everything a Dark Souls player can wish for ! Maps with secondary objectives, many enemies to fight on your way, training your skills, acquiring better gear, chatting with npcs, buying and selling stuff, Attacking at the right moment, Dodging the next !
And of course… BIG Bosses to Take Down, and as in Dark Souls they pack a huge punch !
Also the introduction of checkpoints ! These are locations on the map, where you have to prevail against 2 to 4 waves of enemies to advance further ! Otherwise if you decide to retreat in the heat of battle, you'll have to redo the whole checkpoint again. As of course you can't begin to kill the first 2 waves, then come back later to clean the rest lol…
Some more screenshots (click to enlarge)
ANY LEVEL LIMIT ?
Pharaonic is a short game and so it has a level limit of 28 ! But don't worry as i have grinded some experience in every maps i have explored, and i only reached the level 28 before the very last boss of the game ! Trust me when i say that even a level 26 or 27 would be able to finish the game. So they had to put a limit… As someone who would spend hours on grinding and arriving level 30, would simply ruin the challenge.
As you can see on the many screenshots, the game is beautifully crafted for an independent company. So even if you come from the marvelous graphics of triple AAA games like Dark Souls, rest assured you won't feel like playing to some old school game.
Another set of screenshots (click to enlarge)
Even if Pharaonic is not as hard as Dark Souls, you'll die many times for sure 😉 And i strongly encourage you to try out this little gem, it has all the good ingredients of one Unique Action RPG ! It's not simply copying the Dark Souls concept like other games did… Pharaonic got its own soul, and is a very pleasant experience for the eyes ! In fact i'd love to see a Sequel from the Milkstone Studios.
You know… I became aware of Pharaonic while browsing some Dark Souls alternatives on Steam. There are many games like this one who are really good, but unfortunately… unless someone tell you about it, you won't know their existence as when there is a lot of competition in one domain, like here the Dark Souls alternatives… It's either you got some Very Good Marketing for promotion, either you stay in the shadow.
Trust me… There are little gems out there that i have discovered years after their release !!
Here are the last 6 screenshots (click to enlarge)
Update 2021 : Unfortunately Pharaonic marketing wasn't so good, the sales have been low and so there won't be a sequel anytime soon. Though we can rejoice as on steam we can now find a few 2D Dark Souls, indie games with a lot of potential, and even sometimes widely acclaimed by the critics. Just search steam for 2D Dark Souls games and i am sure you'll find a few hidden gems. 🙂