Mentioned on the blog a few times already, on Monday I got my hands on Lightning Knights for my Exa-Arcadia system. Thus we can say that the game is available in the event you have an Exa, or if you wanted to buy a bundle.
Instead of just adding those couple of sentences and calling it a post however, I wanted to show you how it compares to the console versions. Known as Iron Crypticle on PC, PS4, Switch & XB1, I found the whole idea of a Smash TV meets Gauntlet style adventure or RPG game for arcades to be very appealing. I downloaded the game to my Switch last year and have enjoyed playing it…although it is a tough game that I have been unable to complete all four dungeons so far.
I was a little perplexed by why they changed the name from Iron Crypticle to Lightning Knights…why not just call it Iron Crypticle EXA, like they’ve done on some other titles. Well, today’s video should enlighten you about that, as there are quite a few differences. The graphics are the same, unless you activate the CRT overlay filter, but that just gives it a kind of CRT look (there is a scanlines option too, in case you want it used). So where it changes is in gameplay and sound. Here’s an extensive comparison between the two:

One thing is that the single stick nature of the Exa does take a little getting used to, and in later levels makes for a tougher challenge. This is especially true on Ambushed and Infestation levels where you just get pummeled with enemies. They also made some subtle changes as you may have noticed – the range of the Atomic Fist is significantly smaller, scrolls are activated immediately, each character already starts with