I have never bothered to create a top-ten list of my all-time favorite video games. Maybe I should since it seems the only way to get people to read your Web site is to organize everything into numbered lists. In any event, were I ever to compile such a list Nox would be somewhere in the top five for me.
After a recent upgrade to Windows 10 (excellent by the way), I was going through and making sure all my treasured old programs still worked. In the process I booted up my GOG.com version of Nox and noticed it had some issues. After much searching and fruitless forum posting I finally found a workaround. In case you are wondering, you need to install a game mod called "Nox SDL." You can download the patch here. Once I got the game running, it wasn't long before I was sucked back in to my fourth play through of the game.
This game is so great. I don't know about you, but I immediately realized that when I could play with my character stripped down to his briefs:
Beating the game would be difficult, but you could play the entire game running around like a crazed streaker if you so chose.
The game was marketed as a role playing game in the style of Diablo but that's not what it really is. Although there are a lot of standard RPG tropes—leveling up, collecting loot, upgrading spells and abilities—Nox has much more in common arcade-style top-down action games like Guantlet and Smash TV. The game play is fast, exciting and there isn't much thinking and strategy. If it moves, kill it! As simple as this sounds it is sounds, the game is incredibly fun. There's just enough exploration and level variety to keep you going. The story is paper thin but it's filled with humor and the main villain Hecubah is terrifically voice acted.
I even bothered to record a bunch of game play footage to post on YouTube and make tons of money off of the idiot millennials who watch other people play video games:
See, what I mean? It's just awesome! I really wish someone would take up the mantle and reboot Nox. A few modern games like Torchlight look like it but are still firmly RPG games with horrible inventory management and no twitch game play. Magicka comes close, but I felt the mechanics were too complicated and the game seemed overly concerned with co-op play. For now, the GOG.com version will suffice. As soon as I finished this playthrough as a conjourer I immediately felt the itch to start over again as a fighter or wizard.