The Adventures of Elena Temple - Press kit


Title: The Adventures of Elena Temple
Developer: GrimTalin / Catalin Marcu
Release dates:
  • PC and Mac - March 15th 2018
  • Nintendo Switch™ - May 15th 2018
  • Xbox One - September 27th 2019
  • PC and Mac - Steam,
  • Nintendo Switch™ - Nintendo eShop
  • Xbox One - Microsoft Store


Ever miss being a child, playing games at your grandma's or in your old bedroom? Then look no further! The Adventures of Elena Temple is the classic you never knew existed. And the best part is that you can play it on virtual old machines that kind of sort of maybe existed. It's not like you can remember for sure anyway, right?
The game is a monochromatic puzzle platformer made to look as if it were created in the 80s. Overcome obstacles, figure out how to collect all the coins, find all the gems and remember your childhood while doing it! Progress through the game's dungeon through non-linear exploration and keep an open eye for secrets to find.


  • A dungeon of 50+ rooms to overcome, each its own mini-level
  • Open exploration, you choose which way to go, but don't worry, a helpful map is just one button press away
  • Challenging, old-school platforming
  • Collect as many coins as you want, but we both know you want them all
  • Coins will make you rich, but there's no escaping the dungeon without all the gems
  • Secret scrolls to find for the more observant player
  • Best of all, you can play the game on a selection of 7 virtual old machines, from the Pomo D'or 4, to Maple and Some Toy and all the way to the NS-Bos PC
  • Update 1.1 brings with it the Stats screen, check out your play time, number of deaths, shots fired and more; win medals like a pro for each stat!
  • Update 1.2 allows you to zoom in/out and get as close to the virtual screen as you prefer



Marketing materials


My name is Catalin Marcu and I'm a solo indie developer. I have previously worked for 10 years at Mobility Games, mainly developing mobile games. I've worked as a programmer, designer and game producer. Recently I've started my indie life and the first game I've made is The Adventures of Elena Temple.


  • Bonus Stage: "Elena Temple stands next to games like La Mulana and Gunmetal Arcadia as shining examples of how to capture the games of the past in today's world."
  • Nintenfan: "The genius design using simple mechanics that have been a part of gaming for decades is clearly felt throughout the game's different screens."
  • The Inner Circle Games Network: "The Adventures of Elena Temple shines through for the most part on account of the many things it does do right, and it’s well worthy of its [...] price point."
  • Seafoam Gaming: "A really good metroidvania that came out of complete nowhere. [...] a very, very fun two hours, and is one of the best [...] values on the Switch eShop."
  • The Insatiable Gamer: "The old school style of The Adventures of Elena Temple shines through not only in its art styles, but in its gameplay as well."
  • GamesReviews: "A good game and has a unique idea behind it. If you’re in the mood for a neat platformer/adventure game in the style of something like Castlevania, then you should check out The Adventures of Elena Temple."
  • JayIsGames: "If you like old platforming/exploring games, The Adventures of Elena Temple is definitely something you want in your collection of videogames"
  • Le Mag "Beyond its very successful nostalgic dressing, The Adventures of Elena Temple is a certainly classic action / adventure retro game, but also a devilishly effective one."
  • Siliconera: "Not only does the game use a retro style to emulate childhood games, but it also simulates old computers and handhelds in order to capture that feel of playing games while growing up."
  • Game Guide"A classic adventure game in a retro universe, what do I say, in 7 retro universes! The promise to get us into a game from another time is held."
  • RetroManiac​"From the start The Adventures of Elena Temple appeals to the nostalgia of users and fans with a few years behind them. [...] ​​The truth is that everything is magnificently decorated."


Mail: marcu.catalin ..not writing that symbol because of spam bots..

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