I use my Nintendo Switch for two things, playing Breath of the wild, and any 2D platformer I can get my hands on. So imagine my surprise when I saw Aggelos on Nintendo Switch. This game hurls players into the middle of a colossal struggle for survival as beings from another dimension threaten to invade the peaceful Kingdom of Lumen. Bursting with secrets and side-quests, and boasting slick melee combat than any 2D action game would envy, Aggelos is the perfect combination of retro style and modern-day game design.
Though you would assume the market would be too saturated for a 2D platformer to succeed, you’d be wrong. Aggelos provides a breath of fresh air, with its retro style and excellent gameplay. It feels like a tribute to the old games we used to play as kids.
You play as a young hero, tasked by King Gentel to find the four elements of the world of light. As these are needed to stop Valion tearing a hole between realms. This is a standard Metroidvania game. You need to look around each level and kill the bad guys. The upgrade system allows you to bulk up and hit harder with new skills and abilities. It feels like they took all the elements of a good 2D platformer and mixed them together.
Aggelos Nintendo Switch Trailer
Each element you unlock gives you a new power, which can be used as a weapon and a means of transport. For example, the earth element gives you a ranged attack, which turns enemies into platforms. You can then use these to get to other areas of the level. The water element gives you a bubble shield and then float up when underwater. Though it won’t take you that long to play, this is only down to the fact there isn’t any messing around. You are straight into the action, no NPCs, no side quests, straight into killing dimensional demons.
Though there are RPG elements in play here, there is a little grinding to do but money for upgrades is easy to get. Don’t worry about dying, as you retain everything you collected. You would just lose a little bit of XP. It’s built for progression and doesn’t hold you as a player back.
The game’s difficulty is a little odd. The first half of the game is super easy and fun. Yet when getting to the second half, the difficulty is bumped up and its a bit of a shock. I am more used to a slow progression of difficulty. The other thing is the map is useless. Once you are used to the world, you can move around a lot more easily. But when starting out the map doesn’t offer much help at all.
This game feels like the one everyone would play when we were kids. The gameplay and retro feel make it such a fun game. I really recommend checking out Aggelos on the Switch. Finally, check out our other gaming reviews.