“How do you like Mario, Zelda, or Pokemon? Are you a modern-day fan of the 16-bit bouncer? Well then this is the game might just be for you. Aggelos is a fantastic remake of a vintage genre, and an awesome little game on its own.”
Developed by Storybird, Aggelos lets you wind back the years with this classic, which came out all the way back in June last year, and now has made it’s way over to PS4. The 16-bit modern take on the classic is finely tuned and misses none of the retro quality you would expect – if anything it surpasses it, albeit in a brief manner.
So what’s the point in Aggelos, what are you there to do? Well, after saving a princess, the king of the land entrusts you with a mission to (re)collect 4 essences from their respective elemental temples to create the light element needed to foil the plan of an evil warlord.
The games’ mixture of chiptunes and a wonderful text driven dialogue makes for a perfectly balanced storyline with some excellent gameplay to match. This is most definitely not a clunky 2d platformer where you can rely on one attack or just running. This is a smooth, modern-retro masterpiece with progression of levels, abilities and strength.
The combat system, like most aspects of this game does not disappoint. Through a mixture of different attacks and abilities, you have a plethora of different methods of taking down your foes. Each one has their weaknesses too, so as you progress through the game you’ll pick up the best ways to kill the many monsters you will inevitably come across. Your strength and abilities will also increase as you play, as well as a variety of different weapons and armour you can collect to slice through anything that tries to get in your way.
Aggelos exudes flair and personality. Even with it being confined to 16-bit, the game uses bright colors, a wide array of environments, NPCs, and enemies to bring the game to life. The simple visuals are used to its advantage by making characters stick out and teach the player how to move through the environment, avoid death and explore easily.
There isn’t a lot of room for drastic improvement. Some more rewards for exploring various tunnels, room or places would be nice. Almost everywhere has a purpose, but it would be nice to stray off the path a little bit to find extra potions or even cool items. More potion slots would also be a good addition, because only being able to hold one at a time is quite limiting.
Overall Aggelos Scored 8/10 on the LootReviews Game-onitor meter? Yeah, that sounds nice.