Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan Image
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  • Summary: You play as Sydney Hunter, an explorer who gets trapped inside a Maya pyramid while he is out exploring the region.

    Sydney soon discovers that Kinich Ahau (the Maya sun god) and Kukulkan (the feathered serpent god) have broken up the sacred Maya Haab calendar into seven separate pieces,
    You play as Sydney Hunter, an explorer who gets trapped inside a Maya pyramid while he is out exploring the region.

    Sydney soon discovers that Kinich Ahau (the Maya sun god) and Kukulkan (the feathered serpent god) have broken up the sacred Maya Haab calendar into seven separate pieces, has taken four precious idols, and are hiding them throughout the pyramid.

    This all comes during the time of Wayab; the five unlucky days of the year. This has caused great chaos, and time to freeze if the Haab calendar isn’t found and put back together in time.

    The local Maya now ask Sydney to go out and find all seven pieces of the Haab calendar, reclaim the important idols, defeat the Maya gods, and bring peace and balance back to the Maya civilization.
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  1. Dec 9, 2019
    80
    Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan has great playability, keeping things challenging and allowing you to re-challenge main bosses. It’s just a few glitches that hinder the gameplay and subtract from the experience, yet it still remains extraordinarily fun.
  2. Sep 21, 2019
    80
    Retro-inspired 2D platformers simply don't get much better than Sydney Hunter so grab your whip and get ready for a great time.
  3. Sep 11, 2019
    70
    None of it quite meshes together as effortlessly as the games from which it takes influence, and there are some minor frustrations to take note of. Primarily, unlocking new levels requires a set number of crystal skulls which are hidden among stone blocks – these can be quite tricky to find on your first visit, so you’ll likely need to replay levels two, or maybe even three times to unlock enough to progress further, which can prove irritating after a while.
  4. 65
    While the adventure held my attention for a little while, eventually the backtracking and repetition wore me down. Those looking for a demanding action-platformer with Metroidvania elements may find buried treasure here. Others are just as likely to find Sydney Hunter full of fool’s gold.
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  1. Sep 19, 2019
    10
    Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan is a fun action platformer that harken back to the retro games. It has elements that you maySydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan is a fun action platformer that harken back to the retro games. It has elements that you may recognize from the Mega Man series, Castlevania series, with some others mixed in. The music is catchy, and the level designs are solid. The game is challenging, yet fair, and the difficulty makes it even that much more rewarding to beat. The story is interesting with the Mayan backdrop, and you can tell that the team did their research on the Mayan mythology. I also really enjoyed the humour in the game. I definitely recommend Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan. Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2019
    10
    If you're looking for a great platformer to take you back to the era of blowing in your games to make them work....look no further!
  3. Oct 22, 2019
    9
    Game is fantastic. Very retro feeling but polished like a modern game. You can really tell developers put their heart and soul into the game.Game is fantastic. Very retro feeling but polished like a modern game. You can really tell developers put their heart and soul into the game. Game is difficult but is rewarding when you practice some parts a few times. Props to the developers. Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sydney Hunter is back and better than ever! This game delivers on its promise of adventure, fun and danger. Every stage area is unique in its own theming based on the Mayan god of its boss stages. The colors are vibrant when they need to be, the atmosphere does a great job of feeling like you’re truly venturing through a cursed Mayan temple with enemies on every screen. There’s plenty of traps to beware of including fire pits, spikes, shooting spears and more. The weapons, sub weapons and item pick ups are all very useful and each serve a purpose in every stage. There are save areas in the levels that not only let you save your progress but also replenish your health meter, which is more than appreciated. The difficulty can be harsh at times, especially with a certain boss, but control makes up for that. The game controls very well and is tight, something you always need in a platformer. This game excels on adventure, something to keep you coming back for more. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2019
    9
    I did a pretty in-depth review of this game over on my youtube channel called "Media Glitch." I really enjoyed this game; infact, it's whatI did a pretty in-depth review of this game over on my youtube channel called "Media Glitch." I really enjoyed this game; infact, it's what the gaming community needs right now. Often we forget where we came from and what made us fall in love with gaming in the first place. Well, Sydney Hunter does a great job reminding us of why we're all gamers today. I see some reviews complain about backtracking and to that, I say "welcome to retro," and you obviously didn't play the games of old like Metroid or The Legend of Zelda on the NES because they were full of that. This game does so much stuff right from the great graphics to the outstanding level design. The story and culture of the Mayans were handled with great care. It shows in all the details and names spread throughout the game. The music is top-notch, and the game difficulty is just right. The gameplay is smooth, and if you die, you know it was only the fault of your own and not inadequate controls. Do your self a favor and picked this one up. It will help you relive some of those great memories of the past or help you understand the history of videogame and where we came from. Expand
  6. Feb 14, 2020
    8
    + Great pixel art.
    + Controls are tight
    + Not overly maze like. + It's not full of gimmicks that hurt other retro style games. + Doesn't
    + Great pixel art.
    + Controls are tight
    + Not overly maze like.
    + It's not full of gimmicks that hurt other retro style games.
    + Doesn't get too difficult too quickly.
    +- Music is a mixed bag, some great and so irritating music.
    - I love finding secrets but with this game it's kinda forced and not an extra.
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