There's something about playing old SNES RPGs that younger kids these days don't really understand. Since the systems back then weren't as capable as the ones we have now we were stuck with turn-based RPGs and even though we had a whole collection of attacks and moves we could use or be used against us, we only saw a little slash animation on the screen.
So a lot of the actual "action" came from our imagination and what we thought those moves might look like. Or what those little pixelated guys might look like if they weren't pixelated at all. And this animated short, Sinmara Saga, by Jason Hendrich captures all of those things.
Or more importantly, it captures the feeling of wanting to rage-quit after, well, being torn apart by a boss you thought you were ready for.
Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I clicked play on this video. But I ended up falling in love with it as soon as it started up. In about 3 minutes it brought me back to my childhood and feeling overwhelmed with some boss I thought I could handle.
And other than that, the animation on this short is amazing. It's got a really good style but it still feels old-school enough to fit within the realm imagining what games could look like. And honestly, it made me wish that this was something I could play right now.
What did you guys think of the short? Did it bring back any special memories?
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