[Beyond PlayStation] Alteric Review
Alteric from Sometimes You is a 2D platformer on Nintendo Switch that will test your skills. Learn more in our Alteric review!
Your cube can walk around by pressing left or right on the D-Pad or the left analog stick, and can jump either by pressing up on the D-Pad or by pressing the A button – weirdly enough, pressing up on the left analog stick will not make your character jump. Pressing up on the D-Pad or the A button a second time while in the air will allow you to double jump. By pressing down on the D-Pad or by pressing the Y button you will change between worlds. This is important because one world might not have the platform you need to cross a pit, but the other one might have it.
Levels will contain a save point, marked by a large ray of light. Reaching it will allow you to continue from there if you die, and trust me, you are going to die a lot in this one! Jumps will require a lot of precision since youâ€™ll be jumping from small to large to moving platforms, changing between worlds mid-jump as you try to avoid the deadly spikes that can kill you with a single hit. And then there are the stages where the layout will change on the fly, removing solid ground to reveal pits where you will die, or changing the size of the area where you intended to land from a jump.
At the end of the chapter, you will run into a boss that will require that you change between worlds so that you can hit all of its weak points. You will need to pay attention to its movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right way and the right time to attack it because, as is the case for everything else out to get you, one hit is all that is needed to kill you and force you to start the boss battle from the beginning.
Things are bad enough when youâ€™re only worried about not falling into pits and about not hitting the spikes on the walls of a stage, but then the game cranks up the difficulty by adding spinning buzz saws, fast-moving lasers, hordes of enemies out to get you, and more. Combine all of these elements, along with, say, enemies fixed to the walls and ceilings that shoot red energy balls at you, and you can get an idea of why this is a challenging and hectic 2D platformer that will test your skills in full. And once you also have to change gravity by pressing a button…
Alteric is a fun minimalist 2D platformer with a nice difficulty curve that will make the game keep throwing new stuff at you until the end. If youâ€™re good enough, youâ€™ll be able to complete all of the gameâ€™s chapters in 3-4 hours at most, making it easy to recommend this $4.99 release.
This Alteric review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Sometimes You.