In the world of Alwa’s Awakening you play as Zoe, a heroine sent from another world to bring peace to the land of Alwa. Equipped with only her magic staff she awakens in a distant land and must set out to help the people of Alwa.
Yonder through dangerous dungeons, meet interesting and fun characters and explore the world in this 8-bit gameboy styled game. Just like the old classics you won’t have a flashing arrow telling you exactly where to go and what to do next. Instead you are free to find your own way and by using your magic staff you can progress through the over 400 unique challenging rooms in the game.
The controls themselves are nice and breezy and nothing of the complicated variety, my only real complaint with it, you have a magic staff, (A MAGIC STAFF, BABY!!). There was so much room for this to be amazing and destructive but they may as well have just used a normal sword for your starter weapon as there is no magic purpose to start off with, you have to work your way up to upgrading it. For me, it took far too long for it to be upgraded and it could only ever be changed through finding the many different gemstones in the game.
The levels themselves are pretty basic to get through and one beautiful factor is that there aren’t loading screens between the levels and challenges, it’s just a walk through to the new area and then continue you on with your adventure and be on your way to saving the world of Alwa.
As much as the graphics are 8-Bit, the colours and levels are really bright and vibrant and the setting itself is perfect to the game’s background. Having this mixed in with the awesome soundtrack to the game makes a real blessing In disguise as they all tie in together perfectly. You will need to make it your utmost highest priority to find as many items as you can as you will need these to both progress further in the game, and upgrade Zoe herself.
The game does have a real mixture of fight through style type levels as well as your brain teasing puzzle levels. Much like the previous Super Skull Smash game I reviewed, this does bring a new blend to the game and does mix things up in that you will gain items for your journey and adventure from completing these puzzle quests.
Overall, I was quite happy with how the adventure and game itself turned out, I was also pleasantly surprised by how well the setting and soundtrack blend together. I think this game needs to make its way onto more consoles as opposed to the switch and steam library. It brings back a real nostalgia feel to a lot of games I’ve been playing recently.
- Easy to Pick up and Play with no complications
- Beautifully blended soundtrack and game setting
- Levels have a real mixture of puzzle based strategy and typical fight through
- Might be a bit basic for some gamers
- Some people may find the puzzle levels a bit boring and prefer the fight through type levels
- Not really any bosses for you to get your teeth into