Iron Crypticle is the enhanced and entirely overhauled version of Confused Pelican’s Iron Fisticle that released in 2014. Iron Fisticle was a game I very much enjoyed, but it was also hard as nails. Iron Crypticle eases up on that difficulty, just ever so slightly to be more accessible and enjoyable. While Iron Fisticle was limited to Steam for its release, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners get to experience the game now known as Iron Crypticle. The game doubles down on local co-op, lightens up on difficulty, and allows you to gorge on its music and visuals as you work your way through it.
I have no idea what a “Fisticle” is, but I do know what “Iron” is. It’s how hard Iron Fisticle‘s level of challenge is. With no difficulty to choose from, the game can often be intimidating. But it’s dastardly fun, and a project over four years in the making. It shares similarities with other arena shooters of past and present, but this monster-themed shooter stands out with the inclusion of co-op and a visually appealing palette.