As a child I used to while away the evening hours in my room playing with my SNES. It was here my love for games really came into being. I love the old retro games but I feel I’m getting tired of new games trying to look like old ones by giving it the “retro” pixel art look. As I looked at the trailer for Xenon Valkyrie+ I got a little nostalgia tingle, something that never really happens lately when seeing games with this look so I booted it up.
Xenon Valkyrie+ is a Platform RPG that is fast paced and has tons of replay-ability. An evil witch has plans for the world and you are tasked to stop her by controlling one of three characters each with unique abilities. Eloens special is to drop a bomb to blast either bad guys or the floor. I used this ability quite a lot to just blow up a new route to the teleporter you are looking for on the map. Renna has the power to recharge her shield which can be extremely helpful as you will get hit. A lot. Finally there is Nue a space frog that can jump very high to get out of tight spots.
The game is fun and fast paced however you have one life to get as far as you can before you are swept back to the first level. You do however save all your teamerites which you collect during your adventure that you can use to buy new powerful weapons to take out on your next run. The levels are procedurally generated so it always feels different. I found bosses change too first time I played I fought this robot that fired lasers out of every hole it had. Next time I played I fought a giant eye. With this comes replay ability.
A few bad points as this has been ported from the PS vita, the character sprites are tiny! I can’t make out what they look like which is a shame. I’d hate to see what it looks like on a small screen like the vita!
There are multiple endings in this game some of which are only available to certain players so it urges you to play all characters. The boss battle can be frustrating but entertaining. During boss battles you special abilities and you guns have been disabled so you’re left with your close combat weapon to defeat it. The patterns are easily learned but only using your sword makes them hard to conquer which is a good thing as it forces you to want to play through again and get the fool. Music is great with nostalgia erupting with every synth drum roll.