Verfasst: 27. November 2014
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+ beautiful art style and musical score
+ satisfying balance of combat and puzzles
+ enjoyable combination of nostalgia and surreal settings
+ good gameplay
+ great atmosphere and story
+ beautiful and unique environments
I Dont Like:
- jumping puzzles get annoying
- promising storyline loses its focus
- hunting down collectible cards feels like filler
- lasts a little longer than it should
- difficult to find your way around the overworld and remember where dungeons are located
Created by two-person developer Analgesic Productions, in a 16-bit-styled world is a tapestry of lightly strange, largely unexplained locations, evoked by a moody, dream-like soundtrack.
The game’s non-story begins full of mysterious potential. Two shadowy figures tell you to find a third shadowy figure.
Anodyne‘s story, which is itself abstract and simply used as motivation to begin exploring the world—begins with the Village Elder summoning our hero, Young. For the duration of the dream, however, Young is the vocally silent protagonist, swinging a broom as a weapon and travel the country in search of positions of power.
Dungeons are filled with riddles, playing into the hands of Anodyne dust sweeping mechanic, but never reach a climax in the design filled. Collectible cards involving the game’s NPC’s and enemies are involved somehow. You’re thrust into a gloomy, creepy fantasy world, and the existence of Dark Secrets is strongly suggested. The whole world is connected by a series of portals, the main portal hub helpfully informing players which areas still have cards to be searched out. Meanwhile,the extensive dungeons are all tracked helpful from an in-game map that shows which paths are not met.
Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.
Anodyne is a surprisingly lengthy 16-bit Zelda inspired adventure filled with much to do in a beautifully crafted world. It stays close to its inspirations and risks growing repetitive, but Anodyne’s darkly surreal atmosphere is gripping.
Score: 72 / 100
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