Locomalito, the Spanish indie developer behind last June's excellent 16-bit-style shoot'em up Hydorah, has posted a video for his latest project, a "minor" ZX Spectrum-esque platformer directly inspired by microcomputer classics like Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy.

The developer describes L'Abbaye des Morts (The Abbey of the Dead) as "an obsolete videogame for a dark passage of history":

"In the 13th century, the Cathars, who preach about good Christian beliefs, were being expelled by the Catholic Church out of the Languedoc region in France. One of them, called Jean Raymond, found an old church in which to hide, not knowing that beneath its ruins lay buried an ancient evil. ...

This little game has been created at nights during our vacation in southern France. The whole style is spontaneous and sincere, straight out of our trips in the region during the day. Be sure to visit the Languedoc if you feel somehow attracted by the game."

Developed over two weeks, the platformer features around 40 minutes of gameplay (10 if you know your way around), 23 screens to explore, and "secrets and hints to collect items".

Locomalito expects to release L'Abbaye des Morts tonight on this page. You can see some awesome boxart for the game after the break:

[Via IndieGames.com]