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Crater Song


READ BEFORE PLAYING:

This unique game asks players to control two characters at the same time. To do this within THE RETROVERSE, I recommend remapping Controller 1 and Controller 2 in the following ways.

CONTROLLER 1

UP – W

LEFT – A

DOWN – S 

RIGHT – D

SELECT – F

START – ENTER

 

CONTROLLER 2

UP – ARROW KEY UP

LEFT – ARROW KEY LEFT

DOWN – ARROW KEY DOWN

RIGHT – ARROW KEY RIGHT

SELECT – CTRL

START – ENTER

You can also choose whatever key works best for SELECT on each controller. And if you happen to have two USB NES controllers, you can play the game as intended after carefully remapping the controllers to work with sideways NES controllers.

Overview

Crater Song is a short, single-player co-op adventure puzzle game for the 8-bit NES based within the sci-fi fantasy world of Orebody.

In this unique NES game, players hold controllers 1 AND 2 sideways, like Wii-motes, and control two characters simultaneously, the twins Arco and Menuett. Crater Song is inspired by the game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

NOTE: To make things easier to play within The Retroverse, I’ve modified the game’s controls so ARCO can be controlled using WASD (and whatever key feels best for SELECT to the player) and MENUETT can be controlled using the ARROW KEYS (and whatever key feels best for SELECT to the player).

Ideally, players would play the game using two NES or NES-style controllers held sideways like wiimotes. If you have this ability, either via emulation or on actual hardware, you should go download the OG_Hardware version of the game on its ITCH PAGE.

Story

On the planet Orebody, the nomadic Melodic tribe communicates only in song.

Every few generations, a baby is born to the tribe with cursed harmonics, a poisoned frequency that calls out to the mysterious extradimensional threat known as the Nox. This generation, the twins Arco and Menuett were born with the curse.

Having attracted the Nox throng to their tribe’s doorstep, the twins are cast out.

Even as they are hunted by eldritch horrors from beyond the stars, Arco and Menuett must journey to a faraway sacred crater with an ancient, pulsing meteorite at its center. It is said that the space rock’s pulses will lift their harmonic curse and allow the twins to once again rejoin their people in song.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER HERE.

WATCH A FULL PLAYTHROUGH HERE (WARNING: SPOILERS)

Features

  • Innovative Single-Player Co-op  (or regular Co-op) gameplay!
  • Engaging singing mechanic to help solve puzzles!
    • Puzzles that build in complexity and challenge over time.
  • A mixture of run/dodge and puzzle sections!
  • A moody sci-fi fairy tale narrative!
  • Playable on actual NES hardware!
Credits
Role Name
Design, Coding, Art, and Story John Vanderhoef
Music and SFX Jordan Davis
Art ELV Games
Art Negate6
Art Chasersgaming
Art Jobit91
Art Zneeke
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Reviews
I encourage everyone to either configure their emulator, or put the itch version of this 1P-co-op puzzler on a flash cart to play as intended, because it is such a fun game to play. Great concept!
Really cool fun game! Great music.
Very cool, especially as a fan of 1-player 2-character games, this could be a big one. Definitely worth taking the time to configure (or just flash it to a cart like I did!). No bugs to report!
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