It takes some going to stand out among the Switch’s throng of superb Metroidvanias. When your competition includes the likes of Hollow Knight and Iconoclasts, you know it’s going to be a rough ride. But Phoenotopia: Awakening somehow manages to stand out, and it does so by being a little more… low key. That may sound a bit like a direct contradiction, but the more sedate, thoughtful pacing on offer here gives it a relaxed and cerebral feel that results in something truly important; an identity.
Based on a Newgrounds browser game, the adventures of young orphan Gale, on a quest to find out what happened to her home, take the form of a 2D action-adventure with a Zelda II-esque overworld map, a slick inventory system and plenty of secrets to find.
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