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Archvale is a triumphant bullet-hell/RPG genre mashup. Although you could argue its similarity to one or two recent releases, it trumps the competition with incredibly slick combat, simple and satisfying progression, and varied environments and enemies. The difficulty ramps up heavily as you progress to the later levels, so the inability to change difficulty on-the-fly may prove a bit of an issue for some players. Push through, however, and you'll find Archvale to be one of the most satisfying twin-stick games available right now.
In the list of games that marked my 2021, Archvale has certainly secured its place by delivering a breathtaking bullet hell experience. Even with some problems, the title is a delight to venture, especially considering its intense combat, extensive explorations, tactical variety and wide freedom. Given all this, there is no way not to be enchanted by the glories of this experience, which may seem small at first, but which in a few moments already proves to be beyond epic.
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It’s well designed, it’s approachable, it’s clearly explained both in plot and gameplay and it’s quite open while still being directed in where the game is going. To be honest, I might pick this up on the Switch at some point in the future. I don’t think sitting down and playing Archvale for long stretches of time is the best way to enjoy all of the havoc the game brings, but having bursts of dungeon action in between other activities and then focusing when you’re in the overworld for longer, more relaxing explorations is the key recipe to success.