[Nintendo Switch] Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- Review
Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- from Inti Creates, Project Yohane, and Happinet is a 2D Metroidvania in which you’ll explore a mysterious dungeon. Learn more in our Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- review!
Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- from Inti Creates, Project Yohane, and Happinet is a 2D Metroidvania in which you’ll explore a mysterious dungeon. The game is based on the Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror anime series, which is a fantasy-themed spin-off for Love Live! Sunshine!!, which is part of the Love Live! franchise. It takes the characters from Love Live! Sunshine!! and places them in a fantasy-themed setting.
In this world, Yohane, the wannabe idol who dreams of making it big, is reimagined as a girl who has the peculiar ability of being able to tell fortunes. She lives in the coastal town of Numazu and decides to go on an adventure in hopes of making it in the big city. She fails miserably and ends up crawling back home. What follows is a series of interesting events that have her taking on a series of challenges… but nothing that could have prepared her for this new one. Yohane is joined by her partner, Lailaps, a large wolf beast that is more than ready for battle.
When a huge structure pops up on the ocean, everyone is intrigued and decides that exploring it would be a good option. Unfortunately, several people have gone missing, including Chief Secretary Dia, so it’s up to Yohane to go into this icy blue dungeon and hope to find everyone before it’s too late! She’s their last hope, and with Lailaps aiding with her sharp claws and teeth, the odds of victory are good… right?
You’ll control the titular character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as she jumps with the B button, sliding by pressing the down direction on the left analog stick or the D-Pad and the B button at the same time. Sliding will deal a bit of damage to your opponents. You can summon your ally with the Y button, which will bring Lailaps into action. As you rescue those who have been trapped by the dungeon, you’ll be able to add more and more allies to your cause. Once you manage to find enough materials, you’ll get a chance to use the Cast ability from the game’s menu. Casting will make it possible to craft weapons and items to aid you. After crafting your first weapon, you’ll attack by pressing the ZR button.
Your first weapon to craft will be a Katar, which will conveniently use the Sea Tamahagane and Violet Shell you find in a couple of treasure chests right before some rather tick vines that Lailaps can’t cut through. The Katar is a good first weapon with 35 power, which will be good enough to have until you can Cast more powerful weapons to help you on this quest. These include a Great Axe, a Broadsword, as well as a Katana. But as mentioned before, you can also craft other pieces of equipment, such as a Diving Suit that can reduce lighting damage by 30%, a Fireproof Cloak that can lower fire damage by 30%, or a pair of Analytic’s Spectacles that can increase your critical hit rate by 10%.
Using weapons and summoning an ally consumes Darkness Points (DP), so you can’t just go around swinging your weapon left and right without any consequences. Why? Because if you run out of DP and continue to attack, then you’ll instead consume your hit points! Losing HP whenever you attack is not how you should be doing things, since it can quickly lead to a game over. This is why it’s important that you pay attention to your HP and DP at all times, and that you make the most of the different save rooms you’ll find. Along with saving your progress, save rooms will also fully restore your HP and DP.
The Yen that you collect while defeating enemies and exploring the dungeon can be spent on items to help you survive for longer during each trip. What are some of the examples of these items? You could purchase a Health Potion to recover 25% of your total HP. There’s also a Darkness Potion that, as expected, will help you recover 25% of your DP so that you can continue attacking. Maybe you’re feeling a bit fancy and want to get an Ultimate Antidote, which can cure poison and venom. There are also Talismans to buy, which can temporarily boost your damage or reduce damage taken.
What does Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- try to do differently from most Metroidvania games on Nintendo’s console? It adds special randomized areas to the adventure. These will be marked in purple on your map – a map that you can open in full at any time by pressing the – button. You’ll also have a mini-map available at all times. Purple randomized areas will change with each visit to the dungeon, so you won’t be able to know what you’ll run into.
Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- is a 2D Metroidvania based on a spin-off of a spin-off from the Love Live! anime franchise. It’s a fun one in which you’ll be collecting resources to use Yohane’s Cast ability to craft new weapons and other pieces of equipment as you try to rescue everyone who has been trapped by the dungeon on the ocean that popped out of nowhere. The game mixes things up a bit by introducing some areas with randomized elements, which will be marked in purple on your map. The game is fully voice-acted in Japanese, so unless you know the language, you’ll be doing a lot of reading during the 7-8 hours it should take you to complete this one. Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- is out on Nintendo Switch with a $29.99 price tag.
This Yohane the Parhelion -BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE- review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Inti Creates.