Monday Night Indie Spotlight Special: Iconoclasts | PS4 Gameplay
Monday night is indie night too! This week, on a special Monday night edition of the Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight, Brent (@TheDude1979) joined myself (@piccolo930) in the chat as I fired up an early preview of developer Joakim "konjak" Sandberg's Metroidvania action-platformer, Iconoclasts.
There's been some positive buzz surrounding Iconoclasts on the internet in recent weeks, so I couldn't wait to dig into this one on the Indie Spotlight to see what it was all about! Iconoclasts is awesome so far. It's a 2D, Metroidvania action-platformer with a catchy soundtrack, colorful pixel art graphics, tight controls, and engaging gameplay. One of the things I really dig about the game is the way it handles progression and traversal. In most Metroidvania games moment-to-moment traversal is usually a pretty straightforward hack-and-slash affair. In Iconoclasts, light puzzle elements litter the game's maps. You want to get from Point A to Point B? You've got to figure out how to activate a switch to open that door in your way. Ledge out of reach? Turn the nearby gear to activate the platform you need to carry on. While none of these environmental puzzles have been terribly challenging (yet), I love how it keeps the gameplay exciting and fresh. The story and lore of Iconoclasts is also worth mentioning. Typical genre fare is light on the storytelling and heavy on the gameplay, but Iconoclasts strives to deliver both. Throughout the stream, I ran into loads of characters, lore, world building, and RPG-style dialogue exchanges with the game's wacky cast. Don't let the colorful, cartoony graphics fool you! There's a lot going on in the oppressive society of Iconoclasts, as the game's mature themes belie its aesthetic. Add in over 20 bosses to encounter and dispose of (the three I tackled on stream were all really fun), and you've got a game that is firing on all cylinders. If you are a fan of the Metroidvania genre, I'm confident you'll like what Iconoclasts has to offer. I can't wait to play through some more! If you've yet to check out Iconoclasts for yourself, take a look at the video above and see what it's all about!
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Special thanks to publisher Bifrost Entertainment for suppling us with a digital copy of Iconoclasts to stream on the show. Iconoclasts is available now on PC, as well as PS4 and Vita with Cross-Buy enabled!