Tag: Metroidvania

The Messenger Review

Ninjas, Nostalgia, And Nigh-Impossible Platforming

HIGH Clever story, neat characters.

LOW Being “killed” 53 times by the same boss and chase.

WTF What does Quarble spend his Time Shards on?


Omega Strike Review

But There’s A Talking Bear!

HIGH The final multi-stage fight.

LOW Trying to remember where I was supposed to use the ‘dash’ ability.

WTF Who thought that junkyard robot was a good idea for a boss?


Chasm Review

An (Almost) Grand Canyon

HIGH It absolutely plays like its role models.

LOW Procedurally generated repeated rooms.

WTF You’re a trainee… go get backup!


Hollow Knight (Switch) Review

The Carapace Must Hold

HIGH Superb animation, tight controls, wonderful world design.

LOW Some of the bosses are deeply demoralizing.

WTF The world is so open, I went more than 25 hours before finding a *crucial* starting vendor!


Dandara Review

Historical (Science) Fiction

HIGH Dandara’s world is a joy to explore.

LOW The final battle is disappointingly anticlimactic.

WTF I still don’t fully understand what Salt is.


Iconoclasts Review

One Concern-Ed Citizen

HIGH Creativity and inspiration suffuse every aspect of the game…

LOW …though players will need to chew on the writing to get its full flavor out.

WTF It is utterly bonkers that all this was developed by one person!


Dead Cells Preview

Stop me if you’ve heard this before — a 2D platformer borrowing from Metroid and Castlevania which also has roguelike elements just hit Steam Early Access. This time, though, the game already feels finished, and has been nearly impossible to put down for the past week. Dead Cells manages to go beyond genre pastiche and freshens up one of the most crowded spaces in gaming. It’s well worth checking out even in its “unfinished” state.