I finally had a chance to try out Fight or Perish by New Breed Software. It is a game similar in style to Dandy or Gauntlet. It was fun to try out. I wondered how it might look better so I grabbed some Gauntlet like walls from opengameart. I then replaced the player character graphics.
If you happen to have downloaded the old version, a lot has changed. The original game had you moving in whole squares. This is how Dandy worked but not Gauntlet. I tried to make smooth scrolling with it but the experience was not good. Slower characters didn’t move every frame so you have this jittery movement.
I’ve now rewritten how it works so you can move between squares which also means you have smooth diagonal movement now. I’ve started adding some sound effects as well.