[PS4Blog.net Interview] Marcelo Barbosa On Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio

by EdEN, Owner

Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio is out on consoles, so I got in touch with indie dev Marcelo Barbosa to talk a bit about the game. Come check it out!

PS4Blog: Hi! Welcome to PS4blog.net. Can you please help us get started by telling our readers a bit about yourself and your work?

Thanks! I’m a Brazilian cartoonist and the creator of Tcheco. I made an obscure cartoon series featuring Tcheco back in the late 1990s (it used to air on my city’s public access channel!), and now I’m making video games featuring him. As a hobby, I also hacked dozens of 8-bit NES games for many years, which gave me some knowledge of how the NES’ graphics work.

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PS4B: Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio is ready to go on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. How would you describe the game to someone who’s never heard about it?

It’s an indie title that looks like an old NES game – but this one tries to be – very – accurate to its limitations since I’ve used NES tools available for homebrew development for creating the game’s graphics and sound effects.

It’s a single-button action game in which players must obtain a key, enter a door, and proceed to the next level. The stages are very different from each other. Some people have compared it to the Warioware series since it feels very random and fast-paced, but Tcheco’s gameplay is different since it’s an action/platformer game.

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PS4B: What are the differences between the original version of Tcheco and the one for consoles?

The consoles versions were created by Italy-based Fantastico Studio). The studio tried to be faithful to the original PC game while also adding new stuff, such as trophies and a highly requested Easy mode.

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PS4B: Are you currently working on any new games?

I’ve just finished making Skatemasta Tcheco for PC, which is kind of a sequel to Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio, and now I’ll start working on the graphics for a new NES homebrew game to be released by Mega Cat Studios. As for something not gaming-related, I’m also working on the second season of Tcheco’s cartoons (more than 20 years after Season 1)!

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PS4B: And now it’s time for us to go. Is there something else you’d like to add before we end this one?

I’d like to thank you for the interview. It’s hard to believe that my silly character Tcheco is now on an official licensed PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch game. I guess I played Parappa the Rapper too much back in the 1990s and followed its mantra – I gotta believe!

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