Being a handheld device, the Switch is perfect for RPG’s on the go or smaller games that you can play in short bursts. Usually the rogue-like genre is perfectly fit for this, as you usually do not play that long until you either reach the end or reach your downfall. But what happens if you just keep on reviving by some crazy Necromancer?
The key behind You Died but a Necromancer revived you is fairly simple. You just have to reach the ladder in the room to advance to the next level. Like this you go up a tower until you reach the Necromancer and kill it. Yet, where there are usually alot of enemies who can kill you, there is actually no combat in this game. Instead you follow a narrow pathway while avoiding the hazards that are coming you way. And by hazards this means lots and lots of traps that come out of the wall, vanishing floors, spikes, fire, arrows, falling rocks and many annoying objects that just want to kill you. But wants you do meet your end, it’s definitely not the end.
The Necromancer likes to toy with you and he makes you respawn at the beginning end lets you repeat the process all over again. Al the while changing the rooms and traps every time you respawn. How hard you want the game to be is entirely up to you. From more or less traps to a bigger or smaller character or even invisible paths. The developer lets you control the entire game the way you want to play, which is certainly a fine addition if you happen to always fail after the first few levels or just want a bigger challenge.
Being so simplistically set up and containing no real story, it’s nice to see that there is a versus mode included that lets you race against up to three friends to see who is the fastest in avoiding all the traps to the end. It makes for some hilarious and hectic moments where people could frustrate or be overjoyed depending on what happens.
Another obvious fact that every player will notice is that the screenratio isn’t 16:9 but 4:3. Although not everyone will like it that only half of your screen is occupied for the game, you can change the sides of the game with images or colors to easing your frustration. Yet we do think that playing this game in 4:3 might be a better way to play this already hectic game then when you would have a widescreen to look at.
Depending on your play style, you might end up completing the game much sooner then you anticipate. This game isn’t comparable to a Binding of Isaac or Enter the Gungeon where you have many rooms to explore before you reach the next level. The developer had smaller play sessions in mind when creating this game and it was originally made for Itch.Io and Steam, but with the procedural generated content you can keep on playing and try out all kinds of play styles to keep things fresh.
You Died but a Necromancer revived you is a perfect game to play in quick bursts alone or with friends. Don’t expect to plow through this game for months to come, but rather a fun rogue-like where you can pick it up and toy around with the settings before heading out in a tower full of hazards and traps.