[PlayStation 4] Alwa’s Awakening Review
Alwa’s Awakening is a challenging but very fun pixel art Metroidvania now on PlayStation 4. Learn more about it in our Alwa’s Awakening review!
If you’re not very good at Metroidvania games, then before you get started with your adventure in Alwa’s Awakening, then you should definitely take a look at the Settings menu. Why? Because this will allow you to get help with finding all the collectibles on the map. This will take away a big part of the challenge, but for some gamers it might be the difference between feeling frustrated when playing and having a bit more fun as you carry on with your adventure, finding more and more collectibles, defeating every enemy in your path.
You take on this game as Zoe who is given the task of saving the lands from the four protectors. This retro-styled 2D Metroidvania features a vast world with interconnected areas you can travel between as you please. Fell into a pit? You might find yourself in a new area with some nasty enemies out to get you, but at least you’ll be on your way to finding some new items! As long as you track down the altars in the game, you’ll be able to save your progress so that you can respawn at that location when you die. Be sure to pay attention to your map so that you know where you’re going and where you’ve been.
You’ll quickly gain access to a staff which you can upgrade with new powers that give you special abilities that will aid you on your quest, such as summoning bubbles that will allow you to reach new paths. If you reach a dead end or if you notice that a collectible seems to be just a bit out of reach, open up your map and make a mental note so that you can come back later once you’ve found the ability you need for that particular predicament. The collectibles you’ll search for are blue orbs, and they’re very important because the more you have, the easier boss battles will be. For every set of orbs that you collect some of the boss’ health will be removed, which is definitely appreciated!
The boss battles are definitely a different type of challenge when compared to the regular enemies in the game, especially if you’ve not collected many orbs before you go up against each of the deadly bosses in the game. Each one will have its own movement and attack patterns that you will need to figure out, and you better do this fast because the bosses do pack a punch and can easily defeat you if you’re not careful! Be sure to always save at every altar you find so that if a boss defeats you in battle, you can learn from your mistakes and quickly find your way back to the fight.
Since this is a 2D game of the Metroidvania variety, you will need to do some backtracking here and there as you find new abilities to help you with this adventure. The game is much bigger than it might seem at first, and it’s very rewarding when you’re out exploring down new paths and end up finding some collectibles that are a bit off the beaten path. The more you explore, the better your odds of unlocking the teleporters in the game which will greatly speed things up as you travel from one point to the other in a matter of seconds.
Alwa’s Awakening is a fun and challenging 2D Metroidvania that looks and feels great. It’s great that after its Nintendo Switch console launch it has now found its way to the PlayStation 4 so that even more gamers can dive into this very entertaining adventure. Its extra Assist mode is there for players that feel the burn of the challenge, but since it’s optional those of you who are more seasoned in the genre can have a go at the game in its pure form in this 12-14 hours experience.
This Alwa’s Awakening review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Elden Pixels.