Image: Amaweks

Forty years on, we all probably think we know what a ZX Spectrum game is supposed to look like, but recently we came across a @DanteMendes' tweet about a game whose art style took us by surprise.

Bruxólico is a supernatural platformer that is being developed by the Brazilian developer Amaweks, and we have to say it's looking impressive from what we've seen of it so far.

Not only does the game feature smooth-scrolling (by no means an easy feat on the ZX Spectrum), but it also includes a faux-3D art style that takes great advantage of negative space to create the impression of depth. According to Mendes, it is apparently based on the work of the Brazilian artist Franklin Cascaes, who was a researcher of Azorean culture, as well as a folklorist.

After DanteMendes tweet started circulating around retro games Twitter, people inevitably started to ask whether it was working on real hardware or not. So the next day Amaweks uploaded a video testing it on his TK90x, a Brazilian clone of the ZX Spectrum. As far as we're aware, no release date has been announced, with Amaweks simply stating he expects to be working on it until December of this year. You can follow him on Twitter to stay up-to-date.

What do you make of this game? Are you as impressed as we are? Let us know in the comments!

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