Locomalito's Windows freeware title Maldita Castilla is in the final stretch... finally! Over a year has passed since a demo appeared, and this weekend the new trailer above revealed the release window of Winter 2012.

Maldita Castilla's hones in on the arcade feel of games from 1985-1987, paying homage to Ghost'n'Goblins, Tiger Road, Black Tiger, Shinobi, Rygar, Karnov, Trojan, and Castlevania's candles. To add era-appropriate arcade sound, Gryzor87 composed the music emulating the Yamaha YM2203 sound chip.

Winter 2012, huh. The snow cannot fall soon enough. In the meantime, I guess Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Verminest, Viriax, and more juegos will do.