Alwa's Legacy

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews
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7 / 10
Jun 17, 2020

If you need a Metroidvania in your life, it’s a good one. It’s simple to grasp and is very appropriate and playable for kids. It’s got a lot of charm. It’s just not very memorable for those of us who have played the greats of the genre.

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4 / 5.0
Jun 30, 2020

The world needs more good Metroidvanias. And, if developers like Elden Pixels are in charge of bringing those to us, especially if they’re willing to continue growing as they have been, then we’re definitely in good hands.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2020

Alwa's Legacy is a fun, beautiful adventure platformer fans of the genre will have a good time with.

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Noisy Pixel
Ian Goudelock
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2020

Alwa’s Legacy is a vibrant adventure that takes some of the best aspects of the genre and puts just enough of a spin on it to set it apart. Using magic, puzzle-solving, and exploration through the charming world of Alwa is a real joy. There may be a few hiccups in its control scheme and execution, but it doesn’t take away from the overall experience.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2020

Alwa’s Legacy is a smooth metroidvania with many creative moments. It is exciting to explore the kingdom of Alwa because of the non-linear progression, the diversity of moments, the many interesting puzzles and the map full of secrets. In addition, the game has a pleasant atmosphere inspired by 16-bit era classics with its pixel art look and music with chiptune elements. The open structure allows the player to set the pace of the adventure, however it is sometimes easy to get lost or stuck in complicated spots. In the end, the combination of all these elements makes Alwa’s Legacy a great 2D platform title and a really fun experience.

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7 / 10
Sep 29, 2020

While the story goes nowhere and the final boss battle is a letdown, rewarding exploration, creative puzzles, handsome art, and appealing music make it a worthy purchase — particularly for enthusiasts who can't get enough of the indie Metroidvania scene.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2020

Alwa’s Legacy is a whole lot of fun to play, with the enjoyable level design, varied assortment of abilities, and wonderful world coming together to make for a memorable adventure. I had a really good time exploring my surroundings and using my ever-improving abilities to uncover secrets, whilst the battles with bosses always made for neat showdowns too. It does have some imperfections, most notably with the easy to beat enemies, the back-tracking, and the water level (a personal pet peeve… *shudders*), but these are minor issues in what is otherwise an exceptional and very well-designed Metroidvania-style adventure.

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4 / 5.0
Oct 3, 2020

Retro gamers, rejoice! Alwa’s Legacy is finally available on the Nintendo Switch, and boy does it feel good being here. If you have a Pro controller, do not hesitate to hook this bad boy up to the TV and play like you’re a kid again. Alwa’s Legacy will remind you of days gone by, when renting a game from Blockbuster and trying to beat it within a few days to avoid racking up crazy prices was the thing to do, and with pizza in one hand and drink of choice in the other, you really can’t go wrong making a retro night out of this. Be sure to check out Alwa’s Legacy for a fresh game with a familiar feel.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2020

Alwa's Legacy is a great recommendation for anyone looking for a good metroidvania or just looking for a lovely adventure with creative puzzles. Even its few defects are compensated when we think of the experience that is offered. With 16-bit charm and clever elements, we have a journey that manages to develop an attractive artistic level without demanding large commitments from players.

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Liked-a-lot
Oct 18, 2020

Alwa’s Legacy is a lovely little metroidvania game well worth sinking time into. The developers clearly took lots of time crafting this world, making the enemy encounters and puzzles count. They made a game that feels wholesome and Zoe is a memorable character. Colourful, charming and a delight to play this is not a gem to let slip away whether your old or young.

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