Super Bit Adventure: Paragons of Life in the Indie Game Spotlight
In this edition, we take a look at a game from developer ZiomatrixX, a new rogue-like with some cool features such as switching between characters on the fly.
I want to start out this review by saying that the developer’s note at the beginning of the game is a nice touch. It shows that the dev cares about the player as well as the game. It was a real struggle to not walk into enemies when I first started; once you get the hang of things, it's not as big of an issue though.
The feature that sets the game apart from other rogue-likes is the switching between characters (You get characters by finding their souls) at any time. I would be remiss not to mention the difficulty curve that takes some time to get used to; if you die in the dungeon, you are sent back to the very beginning.
My favorite type of character to play as were the mages. Long range seems to be the best choice for the actual dungeon crawling. There was a huge negative aspect to playing as a mage however; it seems there is a bug/glitch that happens if you are standing beside the edge of a wall that negates your attack from long range to the same distance that a short sword swing would have. I believe this is something the developer could probably fix with updates so it could easily not be an issue after this review goes up.
In my time with the game, I was able to get to the first boss a few times but struggled to stay alive long enough to figure out the boss pattern. This may sound like a bad thing, but as someone who loves rogue-likes/lites (I really do not want to get into the definition argument) it gives me the same thrill as other games in the genre do.
I really liked this game from the time I spent with it, but it is sort of rough around the edges. A little bit of updating could improve the experience drastically; I would still recommend it even in its current state as long as you are aware of the problems going in. For the small entry fee of $4.99, fans of the genre are getting a hidden gem that is well worth the time spent.
Thank you once again to developer ZiomatrixX for giving me a review copy! If you decide to pick up the game for yourself be sure to leave a steam review and tell your friends. If you love indie games as I do, then you know smaller releases can use all the additional support they can get, so that is why I wanted to mention that to you in closing. Super Bit Adventure: Paragons of Life
is available on Steam for $4.99.