Hello explorers! Everyone here at Passtech Games is absolutely thrilled to launch Curse of the Dead Gods on PlayStation 4 tomorrow! We know our soul-corrupting roguelite, dodging traps, and killing monsters can be difficult, so we’ve put together these seven essential tips to help you take your first steps in the twisting darkness of the Temple.
Seek the light
The walls of the Temple twist under the shadows cast by your trusty torch. Most of the areas you pass through in Curse of the Dead Gods are filled with groups of enemies and traps lurking in the dark, so be sure to look for sources of light, or create your own by setting fire to some braziers, spider webs or even enemies before equipping your weapons to fight. Remember: Fighting in the dark will cause you to take more damage with each attack. The icon at the bottom center of your screen indicates whether you are fighting in the light or in the dark.
Explore your surroundings
Exploration is the key to a successful race in Curse, despite the many dangers lurking in the shadows. Maximize the amount of gold, weapons, and mystical relics you find by searching everywhere and keeping an eye out for hidden coins. The risk is always worth the reward.
Play with traps
Traps can be deadly, but they will also kill enemies. Explore your surroundings to see what’s available, then push the creatures into spikes and poison streams, lure them near a flame-spitting statue, or find other ways to use your surroundings. There are many ways to be creative in battle.
Manage your endurance
If you’ve played a lot of action RPGs, you’ll be familiar with the stamina mechanic. The little white dots under your character represent your stamina, and managing it is the key to staying alive. Stamina is depleted by performing combos, ranged attacks, two-handed attacks, and dodging. Balance offense and defense, and keep some stamina in reserve, otherwise you may not be able to avoid damage at a crucial time. Perfectly timed dodge restores stamina, and there are weapons and relics hidden throughout the temple that can increase it as well.
Practice your parade
Parry is an extremely effective combat tool, for those who can master it. Press the parry button as an enemy strikes to deflect their attack, shift them, and weaken their defenses. It even works on projectile attacks, costs no stamina, and restores two stamina, on success. The timing can be tricky, but practice on enemies whose attack patterns you know, or equip a shield to increase the window in which a parry will succeed.
Manage your corruption
Before the Temple takes your life, it could take your soul. The purple curse bar at the bottom right of your screen is your corruption. Taking damage from certain attacks, offering your blood to a shrine instead of gold for bonuses or entering a new room corrupts your soul: reach 100 corruption points and you will be inflicted a random curse. Many curses are a double-edged sword, putting a twist on certain game mechanics. For example, a curse causes enemies to explode upon death: this forces you to be more careful, but you can also use the explosion to trigger a chain reaction on enemies. It is up to you to let your greed for the power to kill or save you: the more corrupt you become, the more powerful weapons and cursed relics you will find … But reach five curses, and your life will slowly start to run out. You can remove any of your curses by defeating a champion, but that can only delay the inevitable …
Unlock blessings and weapons
When you die in Curse of the Dead Gods, you will lose any weapons, relics, and gold you were carrying. Fortunately, you keep treasures like Jade Rings and Crystal Skulls that you collected during a race. Crystal Skulls can be exchanged for permanent and powerful blessings that provide useful bonuses and effects. They allow you to create your own build, with great synergies, so be sure to experiment to find powerful new combinations. Jade Rings are used to unlock new weapons that you might find while exploring the temple. Look for treasure chests in every dark corner for a chance to find your new weapons.
We hope you find these tips helpful, explorers. We believe you are ready to face the depths of the Temple, so grab your torch and weapon, and take the plunge. The gods of wonders await you …