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[Beyond PlayStation] Keen: One Girl Army Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Keen: One Girl Army Review
  • On September 2, 2020

Sliding action puzzle game Keen: One Girl Army is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Keen: One Girl Army review!


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In Keen: One Girl Army, your journey as Kim will start at Gramma’s Training Camp, where you will learn the basics for Keen: One Girl Army. It is also here that you will gain access to a very special blade, a family heirloom that was used by Keen’s ancestors in the Last War over 500 years ago. Controls are easy to understand since you’ll be moving Keen with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as she slides around each stage. You can always press the – button to check each stage’s map so that you can pan the camera around and see where you’ve already been and where you should be going. You can also use the A button to activate interaction points, which will reveal more of the game’s story, as well as some general info on things.


Your move list will grow as you progress through the game, but at the start, you will only be able to use a slash attack and a cross attack. The slash attack will be activated when you move through an opponent and will deal two points of damage. For the cross attack, you need to move adjacent to an enemy so that Keen deals one point of damage in all four directions. The same general rules apply to your opponents. The good news is that enemies won’t move until you move, which will allow you to plan your actions as you enter each new room.

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Enemies will attack you when they move towards you, and if you’re not careful, you could end up being ambushed by a group of enemies who can deal a ton of damage one after the other. When defeated, you will be forced to restart the level you’re currently playing… unless you manage to activate a checkpoint! Checkpoints will also help to heal your wounds so that you can carry on with a full set of hearts. Checkpoints will prove to be twice as valuable when you’re about to deal with a boss since even if you’re defeated, you’ll at least be able to learn some new things.


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Each stage will have a series of objectives for you to complete, along with some bonus extra objectives. You’ll have to finish the level to complete one of the objectives, while the others will ask that you complete the level within a specific limit of moves, to defeat all enemies, to complete the level without taking any damage, or to finish the stage without dying. If you’re the type of gamer who likes to 100% a game, you’re going to have to spend some extra hours replaying each stage to learn each room’s layout so that you can complete all objectives.

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Keen: One Girl Army is a fun action puzzle game with a colorful and charming presentation, easy to understand, but hard to master gameplay mechanics and a good difficulty curve that won’t overwhelm players. The labyrinth-like setup for each of the levels might not be for everyone, but as long as you have a bit of patience and manage to reach the different checkpoints in a level, you will be able to carry on, beating the different enemies and bosses you will fight along the way. Keen is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $15.99 asking price.

This Keen: One Girl Army review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Phoenixx.

Review Overview

Fun and challenging sliding puzzle ninja action