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9 developer tips to give you the edge in PS4’s twin-stick shooter Iron Crypticle

Expert tips and tricks to help unlock the game's secrets, direct from the game's creator

Hello Iron Crypticle players, how are you getting on in the Palace Crypts? Exploring alone, or with friends in local co-op?

There are many hidden surprises in the game, which we hope players will delight in discovering for themselves, but if you’re having a tough time of it all, here are some hints and tips to help you to delve deeper into the Crypts.

1. Collect everything

Yes, really! Don’t leave a room until you have grabbed every possible item (unless you’re totally out of time).

Coins can be spent in arcade rooms and shops, weapons can be taken through to the next room, and even the smallest scoring pickups will help increase your XP level, allowing for more health and greater powers!

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2. ‘100×8’ item chaining isn’t just for high scores

Got the hang of clearing a few rooms of enemies? Okay! Next, you need to learn to chain-collect food pickups dropped by enemies. Doing so will generate ability upgrade pickups (Speed, Damage, Fire Rate, and Duration).

A) Destroy enemies and they may drop food pickups (the drop frequency differs per enemy type).

 

B) Chain-collect those food pickups to increase their score value, up to the maximum `100×8`. Keep the `100×8` chaining going to trigger drops of ability upgrades – invaluable for defeating all those bosses you’ll encounter!

 

Collecting non-food pickups (such as coins and treasures) will keep that chain timer going, so don’t neglect those either! Plan your path around a room strategically so there are always some pickups close at hand.

3. Plan your route

Every floor is a branching system of rooms. Choose carefully; the different rooms each have their pros and cons.

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For example, arcades give you the chance to win coins and health, while shops offer up useful rare items – but they both lack enemies and the other items found in regular rooms. They can appear to be the easy choice, but easy choices may come back to haunt you later.

4. Magic scrolls

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These can be found in special room types such as Catacombs and Graveyards. You can only hold one scroll at a time, and each has a different power/effect (look in the ledger to see what they do!). They can be extremely powerful, but they’re rare; try to resist using them until you are in real trouble.

5. Boss variations

Just like the floor layouts and rooms, some bosses also have randomised variations. So stay alert when you reach a floor’s end – each will require different tactics to be defeated!

6. Prioritise enemies

Some enemies are more dangerous than others and should be eliminated as quickly as possible.

 

Rail turrets, blue plants, and warlocks are good examples – clear them out fast and it becomes easier to concentrate on chaining the food drops from remaining enemies.

7. Think fast, decide quickly

On first entering a room, you may need to think fast to try and spot the safest areas and routes.
Look for walls that block enemy bullets. Lava pits blocking walking enemies. Note the locations of health or weapons, calculate the safest path to them, and watch out for those bats! These quick decisions can make a huge difference later on, so stay on your toes!

8. Work together

When playing with friends, it’s important to work together! Decide who’s doing what (that includes SHARING!), and take advantage of your combined firepower to cut through your foes.

 

9. Read the ledger

The in-game ledger is a mine of extremely useful information. Every mysterious item and hint book collected will appear there along with a (normally) useful description.

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To fully understand the secrets of the game, don’t delay and head to the ledger now – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! The more you learn the further you will progress into the Crypts!

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Carnivius_Prime 11 August, 2017 @ 17:59
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Love this game. But i have no friends. So I wish it had online multiplayer. Yep. Random internet folk are my potential team mates. :/

But yes even on my own I bloody love this game and play it often getting a lil bit further each time. :)

Dugan Jackson 12 August, 2017 @ 17:53
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Hi – shareplay should work to play online with one other? (we have not tested ourselves but others have said it works).

Carnivius_Prime 14 August, 2017 @ 06:34
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yeah but you need existing friends on PSN who want to play the game with you at that very same time you’re online. I don’t tend to have that. :P

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Not related to the blog post I’m sorry, but I’m rather frustrated by my attempts of communication in the brazilian PSN — PSN Brazil is missing several important, high profile PS Classics titles such as but not limited to; Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve 2, Legend of Mana, Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy 5. Parasite Eve 1/2 are especially dear to me. I’d like to request you to bring us these titles, as we’ve waited for years, update after update, and we’re just left stranded unfortunately, while every other region does have them. Furthermore; I’m able to log in on another country’s account and play the games as normal so it’s not an emulation / region problem. This however, isn’t possible on the vita — and I’d really like to personally own these games y’know?

Thanks for hearing me, I — and several thousands of other brazilian JRPG fans — wait eagerly for a reply and some sort of step towards this.

Study the Magic Scrolls, you can only hold one. Knowing whether you want to switch scrolls when you see another. Some scrolls are more effective against Bosses than Mobs. Vice-Versa. If you are low on health, don’t hold off from using that scroll. I had far too many runs cut, because I either forgot I had one or was holding it for a boss.

If you have one remaining Letter or Jewel, don’t pick up in an empty room. As completing the set clears the room, and can be be the difference in a deep run.

3rd point mentioned is important. If you see a map item on the floor, get it. Knowing the layout that leads to the boss is important. You want to set yourself up to get to a shop near the end. To spend all those coins on Stat upgrades.

I changed my strategy the deeper I go down the rabbit hole.

The first few floors, I tried to go for 100 x 8’s (as you chain them, items can drop, most importantly Stat Upgrades).

Later levels, I stopped going for 100 x 8. played passively. My goal here was to ...

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Study the Magic Scrolls, you can only hold one. Knowing whether you want to switch scrolls when you see another. Some scrolls are more effective against Bosses than Mobs. Vice-Versa. If you are low on health, don’t hold off from using that scroll. I had far too many runs cut, because I either forgot I had one or was holding it for a boss.

If you have one remaining Letter or Jewel, don’t pick up in an empty room. As completing the set clears the room, and can be be the difference in a deep run.

3rd point mentioned is important. If you see a map item on the floor, get it. Knowing the layout that leads to the boss is important. You want to set yourself up to get to a shop near the end. To spend all those coins on Stat upgrades.

I changed my strategy the deeper I go down the rabbit hole.

The first few floors, I tried to go for 100 x 8’s (as you chain them, items can drop, most importantly Stat Upgrades).

Later levels, I stopped going for 100 x 8. played passively. My goal here was to get as many coins as possible. Chain as many arcades and shops as possible. Avoiding enemies, there enough money and stat points needed to face bosses. Enemies get more trickier and abundant as you progress.

Always be moving, last thing you want is to be stuck in a corner. Thankfully you may have a bomb in those situations.

Target enemies that can slow you down, they break the chain you may have. Also those enemies couple well with grenade enemies.

If you have a second controller or a Vita, don’t be afraid to use it. (at least on Easy you get 5 lives that can be shared between 2-4 users. As long as one is alive, you can revive.) I regretted not using it when I died on the final boss. Boss had less than 1% hp, but I had 1 Hitpoint. Regretted in the moment I died., as it took me 6 more hours to get back to that position.

If you don’t have any local friends to play with, Share-play works (limited to 2 players). Game is very doable solo, but a little bit more fun with a buddy covering your back.

If you are still having problems with the game. Turn off the Music. The soundtrack is far too catchy and has distracted me. It forced to focus on 25%/Quadrant of the screen. Turning it off with dead silence, helped me from floor 3 to the end of the game.

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