developer: Triangle Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1 - 4
Released on PC, PS4 and XONE, AereA by Triangle Studios is an action RPG with quick and dynamic combat. The title stands out from the with the design of its world, inspired by music – instead of traditional weapons, the heroes wield musical instruments and enemies themselves resemble them as well. AereA starts the series of games steeped in music. The production was published by Soedesco, which had also released such titles as N.E.R.O and Adam’s Venture: Origins.
In AereA, the player visits the land of Aezir, which is, in fact, a flying island fragmented into pieces. The game tells a story of four heroes – Wolff the Harp-Archer, Jacques the Cello-Knight, Jules the Lute-Mage, and Claude the Trumpet-Gunner. They have to recover nine primordial instruments that were guarding the world’s stability and peace. During the journey, the heroes visit the fragments of the broken island in order to defeat the evil forces and bring back order.
AereA is an action RPG in which the mechanics consist in fighting numerous real-time battles. During gameplay, the player comes across over 20 types of enemies and faces nine bosses. Musical instruments inspired the designs of the opponents, so do not be surprised when you will have to beat a Harp-Gryphon or an Accordion-Snake. The four heroes ensure four different, typical for RPGs, playing styles. The archer, for example, attacks from a distance, while the knight is effective in close combat.
The heroes can be developed by collecting notes spread across locations. The notes can be spent on upgrading weapons or the characters’ statistics. Moreover, the world in filled with all kinds of logic puzzles waiting to be solved.
The co-op plays a key role in the production by Triangle Studios. AereA utilises the mechanics known as Drop-In-Drop-Out. It allows players to join and leave the game any time they want. Such system was already used in the series like Lego Star Wars and Trine.
The action is presented from an isometric perspective. AereA on PC, PS4 and XONE features scenic, hand-drawn, 3D visuals. The islands differ in terms of colours, design, creatures, and plants living there. You can visit e.g. swamps, undergrounds filled with lava, or frozen, ice-bound mountains. Moreover, the orchestral soundtrack with choir emphasises the fairy atmosphere and fits in the game’s musical style.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card Nvidia Geforce GTX 670 / AMD Radeon HD 7970 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1/10