Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Video Game Classics: Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus is a platforming video game in which the player controls Pit in sprite-rendered two-dimensional landscapes. Pit starts the game with a bow and arrows as his only weapon, and with only the ability to jump. The player explores more areas and collects power-ups that grant Pit special abilities and enhance his armor and weaponry. The gameplay incorporates elements of action and adventure games. Among the power-ups that are included in the game are the Flaming Arrows, which makes the arrows light on fire; the Sacred Bow, which lets the arrows go farther; and the Protective Crystal, which protects Pit from some attacks. There are ways to find the power-ups such as the Black Marketer, in which you can buy them; the Sacred Chamber, in which a god will give Pit stronger arrows; and the Sacred Training Chamber, in which a god will make Pit train in order to receive a weapon. In addition to common enemies, Pit encounters bosses that he needs to defeat to progress. Defeating an ordinary enemy typically yields hearts, which are used as currency, while defeating a boss gives Pit more power. To recover health, Pit must find bottles with water of life in them or go to the Hot Spring Chambe