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Alwa's Awakening

A Metroidvania platformer in an 8-bit retro style, in which we play as Zoe - a girl equipped with a magic staff, who is trying to restore the old order in the fantasy land of Alwa. Over 400 locations with various challenges await you in Alwa's Awakening.

Arcade | fantasy | platform | 2D | metroidvania | indie games

Alwa's Awakening cover

developer: Elden Pixels

publisher: Elden Pixels

Official website

Game mode: single player

game release date:

02Feb2017

PC

27Sep2018

Switch

21Mar2019

PS4

05Nov2019

XONE

Alwa's Awakening is the work of the independent studio Elden Pixels. This production is a representative of the metroidvania genre; its creators drew inspiration from the achievements of classics released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console.

Plot

Alwa's Awakening takes us to the titular land of Alwa, which has been invaded by dark forces. When Zoe, a girl from another world equipped with a magic staff, appears on the spot in unknown circumstances, the inhabitants of Alwa begin to see her arrival as a chance to overcome the danger and to restore the old order in their homeland. The protagonist has no choice but to face the threat and help the oppressed people.

Mechanics

In Alwa's Awakening the action has been shown from the side perspective. As we play, we travel through over four hundred rooms filled with various challenges - these include platform sections, puzzles, and opponents. The different locations are interconnected but in order to reach the majority of places, you will need to acquire a specific object or improve your magic staff with the help of special crystals. Having gained the ability to create uplifting air bubbles or square blocks as additional platforms, the protagonist can bypass traps and solve puzzles, so that previously inaccessible chambers open up to her over time. Enemies can be attacked from a distance or you can engage them in melee; among these foes there are bosses with significantly greater health pools and attack capabilities.

Technical aspects

Alwa's Awakening has been maintained in a retro style, which is reflected by its two-dimensional graphics (the pixelart gives the impression of being taken directly from the 8-bit era), the chiptune soundtrack, and a high level of difficulty (the heroine has only three lives).

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Minimum: Dual Core 2.1 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 280 MB HDD, Windows XP/7/8/10

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