While at first glance DarkMaus may not seem much like Dark Souls. After playing for 20 minutes in you’ll realize that this a cute-looking gem of a game, has all the brutal, “You died, try again” as the game we all love. The thing to keep in mind is that DarkMaus is a 2D game with a top-down view.
DarkMaus has the same mousy (see what we did there) plot-telling style as Dark Souls or Bloodborne. In conversations, the character is treated to vague bits of story-moving dialogue, and occasionally you must make a choice that effects gameplay.
But DarkMaus looks nothing like Dark Souls!
Is this game similar to Dark Souls? In many ways it actually is. What they do here is they made DarkMaus a very challenging game where every engagement may very well be your last. The enemy AI is very solid, challenging and it pushes you towards the edge each time you play.
Since you have bonfires, you do have a way to progress through the levels without repeating them all over again. The game is also an RPG at its core, it offers character customization through the leveling of attributes, so your character plays the way you prefer.
Healing items come in the form of cheese morsels. However, one way that DarkMaus is different than Dark Souls is healing items are incredibly scarce. That means you should never use too much cheese. You don’t want to be stuck in a major boss battle with no cheese later on.
There are several weapons in DarkMaus. It’s a good idea to take your time as you try to figure out what weapon is the best one for you. You can do as many runs as you want, but DarkMaus is all about repeated death, understanding enemies, and figuring out a way to deal with the challenges that come your way. It’s definitely not an easy game, that’s for sure. What you do have is a tight control that you have over your character. If you die, there’s no cheap death here. It’s your fault because you didn’t move in time or you didn’t attack properly.
We love this Soulslike Game!
There are lots of things to like in DarkMaus. You have the weighty combat, excellent visuals, and an effective soundtrack that adds up to a true package worth of the title of soulslike. As a whole, DarkMaus is a stellar 2D dark souls experience. It’s certainly challenging, but it’s fair and a lot of fun to play! While other games with large development teams have failed to release a fun game like Dark Souls, Daniel Wright, the only developer on DarkMaus, did an excellent job.