A good, tight-feeling platformer that was well worth spending money on.
It's a great improvement from Momodora I and II with better controls and more solid mechanics as well as a more coherent world. I don't like that it goes back to a linear style like Momodora I but at least in this case you can backtrack if you missed things.
I hear a lot of people saying that this game is either too easy or too hard, and I really think these people aren't understanding a major element of the game: the items. There's a large handful of items that you can equip three at a time that affect your attacks and your characters' abilities. With these you can make your character outright broken
, or a one hit wonder. The game can be played as you like it, and if Momo is too hard for you, you can play as Dora instead, who has one extra heart, seems to do a bit more damage and starts with the Dream Ring instead of having to find it. I've also heard people say this game is short (as Momodora games always are) but it took me about nine hours to finish doing everything and getting all the achievements, which I'd call reasonable for a game like this. Just running through once though? Yeah it won't take long.
The bosses were all somewhat basic as usual, some even reusing patterns from Momodora II, but I still thought they were pretty fun. The areas are all vibrant, unique and visually sharp, the graphics are as smooth as always and the sound design as well, however I'd say I enjoyed Momo II's soundtrack a bit more.
On the downside though this game has way
too many instant kills, pits and spikes sure, but also bombs. Explosions are a one hit kill and this gets frustrating later on when a lot of enemies have bombs. The slightest misstep in some areas can send you into a pit or explosion immediately, sometimes right after a room transition. It doesn't really add to the difficulty either, as checkpoints are usually nearby anyway.
I also didn't care for the secrets. I really did enjoy finding the secret boss and how it was done in general but I found it all by accident absentmindedly and I wouldn't have if I hadn't just gotten lucky. There's also an achievement for saving a character before she dies that I frankly had to look up because I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do (one item having a massively misleading description didn't help either).
All in all I really enjoyed this game, it's a lot better than the previous games and shouldn't be judged by them alone.
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