Golsef the Brave is a side-scrolling platformer by a Japanese freeware game creator who simply goes by the title “Woshida”. The game seems to be made with action editor 4, a common piece of game creation software that is responsible for the lions share of platformers available in the Japanese freeware scene. This particular title is a pretty good example of what to expect from titles made with specialized game-creation software.
There is nothing truly amazing or ground breaking with Golsef the Brave, but everything works. The controls are responsive, the graphics are adequate and have a nice old school feel to them, the boss battles are challenging yet not overly difficult. It’s all quite mediocre. However the one aspect I really liked was the level design. I honestly felt like I was playing a prototype for some long lost 8bit platformer. There is just something about the way each level progresses, from the placement of the platforms to the movement patterns of the enemies, that reminds me of the golden age of platform gaming.
Anyway the game stars Golsef, a cave-man extraordinaire and part time sunglasses model, taking down dinosaurs with his trusty wooden club. Golsef has a power meter and a life bar. I’m pretty sure the life-bar is self explanatory (IT’S A BAR THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH LIFE HE HAS LEFT). The power bar sounds self explanatory also, however it actually works in reverse to how most power bars function. Instead of holding down the attack button to charge the power bar, it powers automatically and when Golsef makes an attack the power bar gets drained back down to nothing, from where it begins to power-up again. This means that to be able to take out some of the bigger and stronger enemies, Golsef has to wait around a bit to let his power bar fill up. This may sound like a mildly retarded gameplay mechanic, but it really does serve as an interesting twist. It also adds another layer of challenge to the boss battles.
While this is just another freeware platformer in a sea of freeware platformers, I still suggest you go and check it out. You might just be surprised at how much fun you have with Golsef the Brave.