The Nintendo Switch has seen its fair proportion of indie titles and Aegis Defenders is the most recent one. Developed by the fantastically named Guts Department, and printed by Humble Bundle (sure, the positioning accountable for these well-liked offers on video games), it’s an intricate mixture of motion platforming and tower defence that has a retro16-bit aesthetic harkening again to the time when Sega made consoles. Plus there’s cooperative (co-op) play as properly. That would possibly seem to be an terrible lot for recreation to drag off, notably one which begun its life as a Kickstarter marketing campaign from a staff of scholars, and so we have been eager to test it out.
Aegis Defenders’ story takes place on this planet of Elam. The recreation is steeped with lore. From the deathless — gods that rule over humanity — to hordes of beasts, and its many ruins to discover, there’s so much happening. Each chapter is punctuated by cutscenes that resemble what you’d count on from 16-bit classics like Chrono Trigger or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which unfold the narrative and does a adequate job of conserving you invested. All of it’s drawn in a hand-painted pixel artwork model. Granted, we’ve seen comparable therapy in video games such because the Skatelander (being developed in India), and hits like Hyper Light Drifter, however Guts Department manages to instil sufficient selection that you just by no means fairly really feel that you just’ve seen this earlier than. From its rocklike monsters to sprawling caverns, each inch of Aegis Defenders feels recent.
While it scores handily within the seems division, the gameplay holds up too. As you traverse by way of its 10 hour marketing campaign, you’ll encounter a motley crew of heroes to manage throughout your journey. From the firearm-wielding Clu, to the thieflike Zula whose arsenal consists of bombs and shurikens, you’ll end up switching between heroes ever so typically. Each of them have their very own distinctive playstyle, so for instance one is Bart — an engineer who can restore close by constructions, and one other hero is Kaiim — a monk who can use his particular talents to resolve puzzles.
The distinction that every hero’s play model affords additionally turns out to be useful enjoying into the core gameplay loop. Each chapter of Aegis Defenders has you exploring an space, fixing gentle puzzles as you go alongside, which sees you switching between heroes to face on platforms that allow you to open doorways, or utilizing their talents to progress additional. Inevitably you’ll attain a degree the place you’ll should defend an space, and rotating between every of the heroes turns out to be useful. More so when you think about that in Aegis Defenders, every enemy is color coded to your hero. What this implies is, some heroes will do extra injury than others to particular enemy sorts. During the defence part of a stage, you’ll end up choosing one over the opposite to take advantage of this. Although you’ll be constructing turrets or setting traps, these heroes not underneath your management may also go about making an attempt to remain alive and preserve the horde of monsters off your again, which they do pretty properly as we’ve not often needed to come to their assist.
In between these heady bouts of platforming, puzzle fixing, and defence, you’ll get to know your squad a bit higher by partaking in conversations. Depending in your solutions you’ll get larger perception into the world of Elam and maybe achieve relationship factors — foreign money that enables you entry to raised objects to craft to assist you as the sport progresses.
Throw in presentation that appears nice and performs clean on the Nintendo Switch in docked mode because it does in handheld, and you’ve got a reliable addition to the Switch’s burgeoning library. Except for one element – co-op play.
In our time with Aegis Defenders, we observed some points with co-op play. At occasions one participant can be unresponsive whereas selecting what to construct whereas sure situations noticed endless waves of enemies come lengthy after they have been proven to be terminated. While Humble Bundle has confirmed patch is on the best way, it received’t be reside until subsequent week. This is one thing to remember when you plan on enjoying it on the Nintendo Switch. The Steam and PS4 variations of the sport don’t undergo from these points we’ve been advised. Minus its co-op niggles, Aegis Defenders pulls off its formidable gameplay mechanics with ease. All of its parts, whereas seemingly disparate, find yourself working fairly properly collectively giving Aegis Defenders a way of cohesion, making it a unusual, partaking recreation price trying out.
- Great visuals
- Smooth efficiency
- Gameplay parts work properly
- Varied heroes
Rating (out of 10): 9
Gadgets 360 performed a evaluate copy of Aegis Defenders on the Nintendo Switch. The recreation is accessible now for the PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch at $20 (Rs. 1,285).
Adapted From: Gadgets360