Archvale Review - Let's go on an adventure

in Hive Gaming4 months ago


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Such a great game

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It isn't too often that I download a game with the whole pixel graphics thing going on. There have been way too many of these pixel art style games that have come out and a lot of them have been garbage. But Archvale is on a whole different level.


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When I watched the trailer for the game, it really reminded me of Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Link to the Past is one of the greatest games ever made and on that really got me to fall in love with the whole Action RPG genre.


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Now take elements from Link to the Past, add some Binding of Isaac gameplay, and then throw in the craziness of Enter the Gungeon, and you have the recipe for Archvale. It is everything that is awesome about those games and all mashed up perfectly into this masterpiece.


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So, in Archvale, there really isn't much of a story. There is just a huge map to explore as you try and recover the pieces of the Arch. There are seven pieces of the arch spread out across the map and it is your job to go find them and restore the arch. I don't really have any idea what happens when you get all the pieces because I can't remember if the game even tells you what will happen.

This game is definitely not relying on a compelling story to keep you playing. Hell, your character doesn't even have a name. Instead, they have just made it super enjoyable and rewarding to go exploring the world.


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You start off in an area that looks a lot like Link to the Past, but once you finish the first dungeon, you learn that where you go next is really up to you. There is no linear story that you need to follow or any order you need to go and collect the shards. The different biomes do have their own sense of difficulty though, so if you aren't prepared for how hard the enemies are in a certain area, you can always just come back later.


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Some of the zones have their own little village where you can store your gold, buy upgrades, sell treasures, or craft new weapons and armor. The crafting system of the game is pretty cool and the different armor sets have some cool bonuses.


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There really is no leveling system in the game either. Instead, as you explore and unlock more of the map, you become stronger from different weapon pick ups or by collecting defense bonuses each time you unlock a new shrine.

The shrines play a vital role in the game as well. They are used as teleportation spots as you can go back and forth between the different shrines that you have unlocked.

There is also a badge system that gives different boosts and to activate your badges, you need to activate a shrine. The shrines also heal you to full health and replenish your stash of health potions, but each time you activate a shrine, it also resets all the enemies in the world.


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This game just proves that gameplay is more important than having amazing graphics. One of the things I really like about this game is that I don't need to follow a story or anything to enjoy it. With having Covid right now, my brain doesn't seem to be functioning at its peak level. So this is a perfect game to play while dealing with having Covid.


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So if you are looking for a fun adventure that requires a level of skill, you should check this game out. It is a lot of fun and can be played in short bursts, but each time you play, you feel like you are making some forward progress. 10/10 would recommend.

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That's it. This has been collecting dust on my Steam shelf for months, but now I definitely gotta give this a try!

I'm a sucker for retro/pixel games, but it needs to have a certain polish that gives it a timeless feel as opposed to a "rough-around-the-edges" vibe. Thanks for sharing this and giving me the motivation to add this to my weekend gaming pile!

P.S. @pusen - I see you're ogling this fine game as well, and I wanted to let you know I went for Orcs Must Die 2 since a friend already had it. Waiting for him to get back from his holiday vacation to try it :D

This one was a lot of fun. I just beat the game after about 8 hours of gameplay. Wish it was a bit longer.

Some of these are hidden gems, others are a total crap. Thanks for the review. 😎

This one really is a great game.

 4 months ago  

I did not get to play "Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past" but if the "Enter the gungeon", which for me is a pretty entertaining game but I always felt that it lacked the detail of improving your character, but in this game if they add it and that's why I called my attention plus it is a pixel game I'll see if I try it, a question as you do to dodge the projectiles have some kind of somersault or just dodge walking? I hope you get better bro and good post <3

It’s a lot of fun. I hope you are able to give it a try. The game uses a dash to dodge the bullets.

This looks up my alley. I may have to pick it up!

It's a lot of fun.

This game actually looks sick. If it’s out for the Switch I might pick it up after finishing SteamWorld Dig.

I saw this game while I was trawling the xbox gamepass library, but I've never tried the whole "bullet hell" thing before and wasn't sure I would like it.

Might have to give it another shot now though! You make a compelling case. 😅

I know what you mean. I almost skipped it because I don't like the whole insane difficulty that comes with bullet hell games but this one isn't too bad. With a good armor set and badge combination, you can withstand quite a bit of damage.

This kind of games reminds me of Gameboy games like Zelda i was a big fan of this last , this kind is simple but fun

Ya, that was the main reason I gave it a try. I loved the old Zelda games.

I invite you to my blog friend, greetings from Venezuela

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