Chakan - The Forever Mana game by Extended Play
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He is a being of the night, born from shadows and darkness. His deals with Death have made him an outcast among the living. He challenged the Reaper to a game: His soul was the prize and Chakan won. Or did he?
Now he roams the world seeking an end to his immortality, which has caused him nothing but pain and madness. He is you. You are Chakan.
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Chakan: The Forever Man is a one-player, side-scrolling slasher game that pits you against four formidable enemies, each with a tragic tale that explains their conversion to evil. To face each enemy, you must traverse four stages in each's enemies own world, fight against the evil inhabitants, and race against the hourglass. Don't worry your weak little bones about it, though, because this game shouldn't be a stretch for good gamers.
You begin armed with swords, which you can use to slash in eight directions. During your quest, you can obtain a stone-crushing mallet, a grappling hook, an axe, and a blade. Each weapon has a special use, and it's up to you to determine where to use them.
You swing your weapons using the B button, and you jump using the A button. You can also spin and jump by pressing A while at the arc of your jump. Pretty simple stuff, but then again being dead is pretty simple, too?
So why all the hardware? The stages are about as long and hard as Chakan's grudge with Death. You'll go up against land, air, and sea monsters, plus enough other creepy crawlies to make your spine tingle. You must take on spiders, bats, dragonflies, lava-leaking statues, a killer octopus, and more.
ProTip: In the first stage of the water level, use the Super Jump potion. There are numerous potions sitting on a ledge above you.
On top of all that, the bosses are pretty tough. Fortunately, there are several potions you can use against them. To use a potion, you must find the ingredient bottles strewn across each level. Combinations of these bottles create power-ups, including Super Jumps, Invincibility, Flame Swords and Energy refills.
Search all areas of a level before you complete it Familiarize yourself with the locations of potions, because you can return to that level again.
He Looks Good (for a Dead Guy)
Chakan: The Forever Man has some beautiful backgrounds and lots of weird- looking creatures. Chakan is fairly large (as sprites go), and his movements are smooth and graceful. None of that rigor mortis setting in for this undead hero. The bosses are also huge and imposing.
The moody music in this game is definitely from, the great beyond. It's chilling, scary, and fits into each scene well. There are no toe-tappers here, but a lot of bone-a-fide graveyard jams.
Use Electric Bolts to make short work of the spiders that run along the ground in the Spider Queen's stage. Be quick, however, because those little buggers are fast and they shoot poison.
He Keeps Going and Going and Going...
Chakan: The Forever Man is the netherworld's version of the Energizer bunny. The overall concept of this game, along with its fairly simple game play and unlimited continues, make it a low-level challenge for experienced gamers. You've seen this game before... or maybe that was in another life.
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