Name: Aggelos
Developer: Storybird Games
Publisher: PQube Limited, Look At My Game
Released: 19.06.2018
Platforms: PC
Reviewed on: PC
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purpose

In newer times there have been a flood of games and consoles, that the main goal is to get your nostalgia feeling. And Aggelos is also one of those games, with its retro style 16-bit graphics and gameplay that reminds us of the old side-scroller games that we used to play back in the 80 and 90’s. So is Aggelos a good substitute for those missing the games of the past? Let’s take a look.

Story

(No score will be given)
Aggelos feels nostalgic even when it comes to the story, Aggelos hurls players into the middle of a colossal struggle for survival as beings from another dimension threaten to invade the peaceful Kingdom of Lumen. And the Hero will have to explore the kingdom for equipment and resources to defeat monsters and bosses.

Graphics

Is it possible to say that a 16-bit game looks beautiful? Yes it is at least when talking about details and colors. And it looks good, with great detail in characters and creatures. And nice environments that fits the game. There are some interesting creations when it comes to the enemies, with great animations. The whole package looks and sounds great, and will feel quite nostalgic.
9/10

Gameplay

Aggelos will feel pretty similar to the action side-scrolling games we are used to, you will either move to the left or right to traverse this world. You will get these hints about where you will have to go, to get further to your goal. Through this journey you will have to learn new tricks that opens new possibilities to get to new places, and element attacks that you will be using through the game. You can switch instantly between sword attacks and element, which makes the combat fluently.

Difficulty can be described in two words, “Old-School” enemies is attacking in patterns. So you can learn it to time your attack, but when they are all over the place it can be a bit more difficult. And they will be a bit more difficult as you progress in the game, since they all have different patterns.

A levelling up system is in place, seemingly making you hit a little harder, level up and be back to full health. Admittedly, there was more than a few times I had to rely on a level up to not be defeated

There is not always easy to know what you should be doing, since the information you are getting can be vague at times. But often you will only be able to go where you are supposed to, since you haven’t learned the skill you need to go any other place. So it is not always clear where you are supposed to go, but not to hard either.
8/10

Controls

Aggelos controls beautifully, its tight and responsive and not to much to keep a track on. It was really difficult to play with a keyboard, but with a controller it was something different. So I would recommend using a controller, at least in the later parts of the game. I used a regular USB Gamepad compatible with the PS3. It worked beautifully it was just to plug and play but I could also configure the button layout. There have been some issues for people using a PS4 or Xbox controller, but they fixed it with a third-party program or something. It’s a shame that it would be that difficult to just use the keyboards, but with this kinda game it only feels natural to use a controller.
7/10

Replay Value

This is the type of game that is difficult to give a score on replay value, since its made to be an experience for those that loves old games. It’s not a too long of a game, so there is possibilities to speed run it or something. There will not be many new experiences, if playing through again but it’s a pretty good experience to play.
7/10

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Overall
7.7/10
7.7/10
  • Graphics - 9/10
    9/10
  • Gameplay - 8/10
    8/10
  • Controls - 7/10
    7/10
  • Replay Value - 7/10
    7/10

Verdict

Aggelos nailed it when it comes to what they envisioned making this, and should be really proud making a game that can look and feel like an old game, but with updates that is essential in modern games like saving and checkpoints and tight and responsive controls. This is a pretty good game and a must own for those missing the old days. But maybe not as interesting for the younger generation.

Pros

  • Great Artstyle
  • Good level design
  • Great music
  • Tight controls

Cons

  • Keyboard controls sucks
  • Not very interesting story

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