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Whilst suffering from a very shaky start, once you acquire a few powerups Forma.8 transforms into another great addition to the metroidvania genre, and whilst it doesn’t do anything entirely new or original - borrowing a lot from its contemporaries - it excels at thinking outside the box with boss fights, whilst showcasing an intriguing wordless story within its isolated yet beautiful world - oh and we can’t forget about the bountiful secrets hidden within either. If you’re a fan of the metroidvania genre, or more obtuse games in general then should definitely look at picking up Forma.8.
Forma.8 is good. In fact, it could quite easily be classed as great by some standards, but it definitely isn’t a game that I would recommend wholeheartedly to those without patience. It is a slow title that can grate against your patience in some cases, especially in regards to its respawn points, but thankfully still has many redeeming features that plenty of individuals will enjoy.
With plenty of exploration and a strong feeling of isolation, Forma.8 offers a different take on the Metroidvania formula. This is definitely a comfy game. It's perfect for sitting back on your couch, turning off your lights, and exploring the unique world it offers.
There’s a lot to like in Forma.8, from its loving echoes of the classics that influenced it to its sense of ingenuity, but it requires a lot of patience to get the most out of. It’s framed like a gentle indie palate cleanser but plays like a post-Dark Souls action game: it doesn’t hand you anything and it expects you to make the most of it.
Forma.8 is an excellent Metroidvania from the Italian developer Mixed Bags. A game rich in depth, Forma.8 is a must have on the Nintendo Switch, giving you one hell of an experience that is simple to get used to, but can be dangerous and difficult at times.
Forma.8 is a game that hit pretty much every platform over the course of the year, and now it's the turn of Nintendo's handheld hybrid Nintendo Switch. Does it translate? Well, yes dear reader, yes it does.
Unfortunately, in its current state, I cannot recommend Forma.8 to anyone, even the most hungry fans of the Metroidvania genre. There are better games in that genre that explore similar feelings of isolation and there are better games on Switch that evoke that nostalgic feeling of older systems.
From uncovering the remnants of an ancient civilisation to swerving through caverns overflowing with molten lava, forma.8 is a breathtakingly beautiful game that will astound at regular intervals. It’s the wondrous sense of discovery that sees it succeed, muddled in with some particularly exceptional puzzles.
I’ve really been enchanted by forma.8 and the slow-paced tranquility it has offered me. In particular with craziness of a variety of types everywhere the ability to zone out, listen to the soothing ambient sounds and music, and progress through the gorgeous alien landscapes has been welcome. For me the need to keep track of everything I’ve seen and then try to recall where they were to backtrack to them later, leading to some aimless wandering at times, got a bit trying at times but it’s not much different than many other games of this type either. If you’re looking for something to enjoy at a slow and deliberate pace, while providing you periodic bursts of challenges for both your mind and your action reflexes, forma.8 is a perfect fit.
forma.8 is a game that presents a lot of very fresh concepts that absolutely deserve to be explored further.