Thursday Night Indie Spotlight Ep. 56 - Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Thursday night is indie night! This week, I (@piccolo930) fired up developer Bombservice's metroidvania action-platformer, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight.
I'm a big fan of side-scrolling metroidvania games, and Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight represents the genre well in its first hour. The game is clearly inspired by Castlevania, especially Symphony of the Night, and it wears its influences on its sleeve. This is not a bad thing, mind you; Symphony of the Night is one of the great games of all time. Where Reverie Under the Moonlight differentiates itself from other genre staples is in its challenge. This game is hard. Even playing through on Normal, I died a double digit amount of times during the one hour stream. Combat has a very Dark Souls-type of feel to it. Any enemy around any corner could be the end of the road for you at any given moment. Progression is all about learning the different enemy types and their patterns, dodging and rolling away from their attacks, and striking with your melee weapon or arrows at just the right moment. There is a certain satisfaction to defeating an enemy in this game -- a satisfaction inherent in the Souls games -- and kudos to developer Bombservice for implementing that feeling. While my playthrough of the first hour was oddly devoid of power ups or character improvement, the game controls pretty well and the generous number of save points throughout the world prevents the game from being too frustrating in the face of its difficulty. Overall, I'm looking forward to playing Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight some more as I continue to fill out the map and slay some gargantuan bosses. If you've yet to check out Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight for yourself, take a look at the video below and see what it's all about!
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