A wonderful retro adventure game!
A wave of games has really emerged that borrows its graphic style and design from the (glory) days of old. I have recently reviewed several pieces, including Worm Jazz, Spinch and Kingdomgames.
But Swedish-developed Alwa’s Legacy stands out a little extra, as we actually have a washable action-adventure game here. It is not just about jumping and running but there is a rich history to discover. That which really gets Alwa’s Legacy to impress a little extra is that we can discover the world a little as we want, in the best Metroidvania style. You are not stuck in an eternal left-to-right loop, but you can and many times have to go back to previously discovered areas in order to complete your mission.
The graphics are wonderfully beautiful and really take the retro feel very seriously. It was both once and twice that I found myself looking a little extra at the environment in front of me. The music and effects are also world class.
To play Alwa’s Legacy, which is now released Nintendo Switch, feels like a “match made in heaven”, because you want to be able to take the game with you and continue on the move. It works just as well in the dock as in the portable position. Texts and other things are adapted so it never becomes difficult to read. The controls are tight and responsive.
In summary, that is Alwa’s Legacy a really fun, exciting and beautiful game. The only thing that stops is in the way of becoming one must is that retro platform games may not be for everyone. You need to like the genre to appreciate Alwa’s Legacy fully.