Dying has never been so much fun and challenging!...Developer: Acid Nerve
Or well it has but never in such a gorgeous Art Style!
If you happen to be a Masochist: Buy it!
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: 14 April, 2015
Can I just say this?
I’m in love!
With the game that is.
This game … let me tell you this. It’s beautiful. It’s in itself a work of Art. Gorgeous, challenging, rewarding and unforgiving. It’s overall a fairly short game but I caught myself more than once just slowly walking around enjoying the scenery or swimming around whenever I got the chance just so my sore Body doesn’t hurt as much after dying numerous times, over and over and over and … over again…
I loved every second of it. Every death was my own fault and that’s the beauty of the game. It’s all about how you
act and where you choose to or at what time you’re gonna shoot your arrow.
Also this game feels like a pixelated version of Shadow of the Colossus
. Exploring alone is so much fun it's hard to describe but enough of that.
Now let’s get to it folks!
It might not look like it but yes this game does have indeed a story.
Taken from the games website:
Between Earth and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.
So now you know. You and your trusty Arrow are on a Quest for Truth and Power. No fame. No treasure. You seek power and truth. An honest quest. I certainly like it.
Will you be able to use your trusty arrow and defeat the titan to gain the Titan Souls?
Only one way to find out …
I usually don’t do stuff like this but let me quote Eminem real quick:
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
It certainly fits the gameplay ... yo.
All you have is one arrow. Once you shot it you have to retrieve it before you can try to hit your target again. But your best friend is movement. You have to move around, dodge and roll in the right moments to avoid getting crushed or blown to pieces. You have to find the perfect angle for your shot and you only have a tiny window in which you can actually defeat the titans.
I do have some good and bad news though.
The bad news: You die in one hit
The good news: Titans as well
So you see it’s an even matchup. Whether or not you’re the one who will survive or not depends solely on your skill and a tad of luck. Just a tad though.
I’m blown away. I haven’t seen any screens prior to buying the game and boy I’m seriously blown away. I caught myself just wandering around and enjoying the scenery.
You’ll walk through and enjoy different biomes. There’s a snowy one which is my personal favorite by far. I’ve taken so many screens and just … alright I admit it … I just found myself rolling through the snow going Weeeeeee!
. Feel free to judge me but I enjoyed it. Very much to be honest.
There’s just so much open space in the game and I really had the urge just to roll around and explore everything
. I was swimming around numerous times since my body was so sore after being beaten to death for like the 57th time.
In one of the other Biomes, in the Wood one to be specific, there’s a place which instantly reminded me of the Lost Woods
in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
. What really made me smile when I found out that I’m also greeted by a maze-like area.
Overall the Pixel Art is stunning. I really love the look of the game and it’s just gorgeous.
There are so many small details placed all over the game .. Perfect.
Every track on the OST is beautiful but one caught me a bit off guard I’d say.
The track Souls
reaches something deep inside me … It’s beautiful. Gorgeous. Peaceful. At the same time it does sound like something is about to happen. It’s not a carefree track … It’s more like the Calm before the Storm. It’s … I can’t put it really into words to be quite honest but I really, really like this track.
Overall I’m really happy with the whole OST and I can only recommend it.
What else can I say?
Do you love challenging games? Do you love Pixel Art?
Are you a Masochist?
If you said yes to all three of those you’ll really enjoy Titan Souls
The masochist part is important. You will die. A lot. It’s part of the game. Enjoy every death. Embrace it. At the same time the game’s really rewarding. Your reward is not only one more dead titan on your agenda but discovering new biomes and the associated soundtrack and just … enjoying every second of the game.
Let me quote the Developer for the end:
Dash and run from the titan’s attacks but do not fear death, as it is both inevitable and plentiful in Titan Souls.
That being said enjoy it. The game is really fun, challenging but rewarding at the same time.Note: If you die over and over again to the same titan feel free to cry. It's actually adviced to cry whenever you feel like the game's mean to you. Come back to it later and just try again. And again. And again 'till you succed ... or cry again.