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Alwa's Legacy

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

78%

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Based on 18 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCJun 17, 2020

Developer: Elden Pixels

Publisher: Elden Pixels

Genre: Adventure

Alwa’s Legacy is a modern retro game full of dangerous dungeons, magical items and ancient secrets. By upgrading your magic, any way forward is right in this non-linear adventure game full of exploration. CUSTOMIZE HOW YOU PLAY With our upgrade system you can choose how you want to play - Explorative, offensive or strategic. It’s your choice! EXPLORATION IS REWARDED Don’t leave any stone unturned, the world of Alwa is filled with secrets and finding them requires you to explore and solve puzzles A NON-LINEAR EXPERIENCE Combining exploration and different item upgrades allows you to find your own way through this adventure LOOKS AND SOUNDS AMAZING Enjoy crisp pixel-art combined with modern effects as well as a soundtrack made by chiptune extraordinaire RushJet1 A CHALLENGE AWAITS Quick reflexes are needed to navigate through the many challenging rooms and with easy-to-change settings anyone can enjoy Alwa’s Legacy

Alwa's Legacy Critic Reviews

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Alwa's Legacy is a pleasant little game that does a lot of things right, but nothing spectacularly. It's fun, if a little forgettable.

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Alwa's Legacy is an excellent example of how to do a proper sequel; it takes everything that the original did well and builds on it, adds in a few new ideas of its own, and corrects the issues that were previously present. It may be a little on the short side, but Alwa's Legacy is the special sort of game that only comes around once in a great while, reminding you of the kind of quality that's possible when a dedicated crew puts in the time to make a polished and tightly designed final product. The best Metroidvania on Switch? That's entirely subjective, of course, but those of you who enjoy the genre owe it to yourselves to give this a try.

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Meroidvania games never get old. Unfortunately, there are plenty of games that do what Alwa's Legacy does, but better. That's not to say that this title from Elden Pixels is bad; it's quite good. The issue is that despite the responsive gameplay, inventive puzzles, and gorgeous pixel art, other games stand out more in the genre. You'll be done with Alwa's Legacy in a few hours, and I suspect most people won't revisit Zoe's adventure. She is a great protagonist placed in a game that doesn't have much staying power once the credits roll. With that being said, fans of the genre will find enjoyment trying to save the land of Alwa from the forces of evil, even if it's somewhat forgettable.

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Alwa's Legacy is a love letter to the Metroidvania genre and 16-bit gaming in general. It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In that case, Igarashi will be blushing. It doesn't always make for a good game, though. Alwa's Legacy is an enjoyable and pretty adventure that's too formulaic to be truly memorable.

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