There’s nothing instantly particular about Alwa’s Legacy. As a throwback Metroidvania, it really works. The graphics are good. The story’s okay. The motion is enjoyable. All the things’s effective. The longer you play the sport, nevertheless, the extra you understand it’s particular. That is a type of uncommon video games the place almost each ingredient comes collectively to create a really satisfying and entertaining expertise.
Those that have already performed Alwa’s Awakening (additionally accessible for the Change) will already know this, because the sequel doesn’t keep too removed from its platforming/puzzle gameplay. Alwa’s Legacy seems higher, virtually prefer it was designed for one technology past the unique’s meant look.
That’s a enjoyable contact. It additionally takes a extra open method to exploration, which I’ll get to in a bit.
First, there’s the story. It finds our hero, Zoe, washing ashore in Alwa. She’s misplaced her reminiscence, after all, however that makes it simpler to determine together with her in case you haven’t performed the unique (or simply forgot what occurred). Zoe has a fast battle with the villain of Alwa’s Awakening, which she loses, after which begins the journey.
The story by no means actually will get any deeper than this, as every revealed plot ingredient primarily serves as an impetus to get you to discover one other part of the realm. Collect this stuff, entry this space, be taught to do that, then battle a boss. Ever onward.
The sport as a substitute will get its character from the folks you meet alongside the best way. They’re enjoyable and quirky in the best way that characters was again once you had solely pixelated graphics and some strains of dialogue to separate them from one another. Assembly new folks is nearly as fulfilling as discovering hidden rooms in Alwa’s Legacy.
This additionally means there’s no pointless exposition to intrude with the gameplay. You get a fundamental premise, you get areas to discover, and you’ve got at it. Moreover, this exploration takes extra of an open-world method than most platformers you’ve pushed by means of up to now. The characters you meet alongside the best way provides you with some steering, however the path to your targets isn’t utterly linear.
The shortage of a transparent path could be a optimistic and a destructive. Though you do have extra freedom to discover and to bypass screens which can be supplying you with bother, it’s not at all times clear once you’ve reached an space you’re not in a position to full. Even the map operate is ambiguous in its steering (you’ll be able to’t at all times attain the openings it shows). I spent quite a few makes an attempt (and, subsequently, lives) making an attempt to get to areas I wasn’t positive if I used to be truly in a position to attain. You come back to your final save level once you die, and that may be many screens again. Returning to the bothersome space makes for lots of wasted time. Fortunately, there’s a setting that means that you can respawn on the display the place you died no matter once you final saved.
The sport is, fortunately, aided by extremely exact controls. Whenever you die, it’ll by no means be since you have been cheated by lag or overly tough jumps. Alwa’s Legacy is a just about a two-button affair: bounce and motion. The actions are dealt with along with your wand, which has the flexibility to create blocks so that you can push round, bubbles to hop onto, and magic bolts to fireplace out. All three are used that can assist you remedy puzzles and assault enemies. It’s largely a reasonably easy affair, however I discovered myself fumbling when up in opposition to significantly difficult jumps, teams of enemies, or the sport’s deceptively tough bosses. Fortunately, you’re afforded loads of time to apply the brand new talents as they’re launched.
Going again to entry beforehand unreachable areas turns into commonplace with every enhancement. Out of the blue acquiring the flexibility to run throughout spikes, for instance, actually modifications issues.
Put all of this collectively—the colourful graphics, the exact gameplay, the enjoyable puzzles, and the intelligent stage design—and also you get one of many higher platformers accessible for the Change. The one actual fault of Alwa’s Legacy is that its ending comes too quickly. Maybe one other run by means of Alwa’s Awakening is in retailer.