Smelter

DANGEN Entertainment, X Plus, Gamera Game, Intragames

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
70
Top Critic Average
50%
Critics Recommend
Based on 16 critic reviews
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Smelter

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

Based on 16 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 5Apr 22, 2021
Xbox Series X/SApr 22, 2021
Nintendo SwitchApr 22, 2021
PCApr 22, 2021
PlayStation 4Apr 22, 2021
Xbox OneApr 22, 2021

Developer: X Plus

Publishers: DANGEN Entertainment, Gamera Game, Intragames

Genres: Action, Platformer, Strategy

You are Eve, fresh out of Eden and armed with a living suit of armor. Explore a dangerous new world, battle its bizarre denizens and expand your empire in a desperate journey to find Adam. Smelter is a strategy, action-platformer combo inspired by classics from the 16-bit era. Lead Smelter and his faithful Zirm forces by expanding Smelter’s territory across the Rumbly Lands in top-down strategy levels, then dive into thrilling side-scrolling action stages after annexing key locations. Build, attack and advance your army -- unlock, upgrade and unleash elemental action skills against vicious enemies, perilous environments and dangerous bosses. Release the power of Smelter! STORY After the untimely destruction of the Garden, Eve finds herself in an unfamiliar world with her beloved Adam nowhere to be found. In her search for Adam, she encounters Smelter, an unusually over-confident, winged creature with the powerful ability to transform and fuse with others, giving them incredible powers. Offering his apparently “invaluable” assistance, Smelter transforms and fuses with Eve. They depart on a journey to the treacherous Rumbly Lands. There, they expand Smelter’s territory, allowing them to reach further into the various domains to find out what happened to her Adam, hoping to find him in one piece and find a way back home to their peaceful lives... Key Features - Hybrid gameplay that combines fast-paced platforming with top-down strategy. - Explore incredible, diverse worlds ranging from the hellish to the beautiful. - Master three skill sets, complete with over 40 upgrades obtainable through multiple challenges, allowing for varied combat, movement and defense tactics. - Fire up the “Smelt” ability, which can be used both in combat and on objects to navigate through difficult terrain. - Open a can of whoop ass on challenging 2D action levels, enemies, and bosses with their own back stories! - Expand your empire across a variety of regions, utilizing a variety of building types, upgrades, and units. - Uncover a multitude of secrets, including powerful hidden upgrades and hard-as-nails trial levels. - Meet a cast of characters with personalities ranging from the eccentric to the completely insane. - Rock out to a killer soundtrack combining synth and guitar, featuring music by Evader, and opening and ending theme by Manami Matsumae.

Smelter Critic Reviews

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The RTS layer is limited and repetitive, but the platforming levels are well-designed and challenging.

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Smelter's opening cutscene got me very pumped for what was to follow, but what did follow left me despondent. I'd been set up and felt ready for an awesome 16-bit experience that, thanks to its promised smelting of genres, would feel genuinely fresh. The game that followed wasn't fresh, it was past its sell by date and starting to smell like feet.

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If you want to platform one minute and build houses the next, then Smelter might just be the genre hybrid for you.

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The side scrolling side of Smelter has a lot going for it. It has a welcome execution that doesn't demand much effort and doesn't bog you down with much, even if it is overly simplistic. The tower defense side of Smelter contradicts this simplicity, however. Bad control choices coupled with halfhearted explanations makes it a hard sell for the entire package. Smelter has something unique, but that's nowhere near enough to warrant your time.

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