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Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET


Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET It’s always interesting to see how different developers tackle Metroidvania games, even more so when they release on Switch. The “little handheld that could” has access to so many Metroidvanias, from indie greats to the original games that literally gave rise to the genre. When I start playing new Metroidvanias today, I’m not going to expect everything to hit the peaks of the DS Castlevania games and Metroid Fusion, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by recent releases like Record of Lodoss War – Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. On first glance Imp of the Sun shares quite a bit with Ori, with its lovely hand-drawn aesthetic and precision platforming. So it turns out the sun is going out, which isn’t good. With its final spark it creates our hero, a little imp made of fire called Nin. Nin is given the task of preventing the Eternal Eclipse, by roaming the land and defeating the four keepers. It might not be the most original story in the world, but it gets the job done and introduces the titular imp. TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

The main hook of The Imp of the Sun is Nin’s fiery form. Heat is very much the lifeblood of Nin, and by using your Inner Fire you can recover health at any time. Inner Fire slowly regenerated out in the sun, while filling practically instantly when you stand next to a torch. The reverse is unfortunately true too, so if you’re in a cave you’ll get very few heat based benefits and water will empty that meter faster than you can say Eternal Eclipse. It’s a clever mechanic, but none of this matters unless the game feels good to play. Controlling Nin feels okay for the most part. Movement in general is a bit floaty, and trying to turn in mid-air is difficult to say the least. Worse than this though is the wall jumping. Some surfaces are worse than others, but getting this essential ability to work consistently was a little bothersome. Each of the game’s four areas has an ability to unlock, from the aforementioned wall jumping and an air dash, to a ghost form that lets you move through certain walls.

End the Eternal Eclipse

You can tackle the four keepers in any order, and don’t need any of these skills to progress outside the area they’re in. This is a nice idea in theory, but it really messes with the balance of the game. The first keeper I beat was the one that unlocked the air dash, and because every other area doesn’t expect you’ll have this incredible movement ability it makes platforming trivial for the rest of the game. Alongside this you’ll upgrade Nin’s powers as you go at the friendly checkpoint reaper, which just makes you feel overpowered anytime you enter a new area. The upgrades are functional, but not particularly exciting. By paying some of the fiery currency you find by exploring or beating up baddies, you can power up your health, Inner Fire or attack power. By the end of the game you’ll have probably unlocked all of them, and although it’s nice to have a bit of progression I just wish it wasn’t so basic. Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

I haven’t mentioned the combat yet, and that’s just because it’s very simple. Your melee attacks feature one ground combo and one air combo, which you can extend by finding a specific collectable in each area. It’s another aspect of Imp of the Sun that while it’s totally competent, just feels a little lacking. The absolute best parts of Imp of the Sun are the boss fights against the keepers. Each of these has a unique hook involving the new power of that area, and they’re a ton of fun. The standouts include a hulking golem you have to climb up to damage the head, and a charging foe that can only be damaged once you turn on all the lights. They’re very creative encounters, and there wasn’t a single boss fight I didn’t enjoy. Finding collectables is entertaining too, especially as they test you to use your abilities outside of the area you gained them. There’s the currency of course, as well as bits of lore if you’d like to learn more about the world and treasures you can sell for more cash money.

Use your Inner Fire

All these shiny collectables are very well placed, encouraging plenty of exploration and backtracking to areas you’ve already beaten the boss of. Performance is always an important discussion point when it comes to Switch games, and unfortunately Imp of the Sun has some issues in that department. It isn’t ever terrible, but the framerate is low throughout and regularly drops. When this happens during a particularly tricky platforming section or a boss fight it can be significantly distracting, and definitely caused me to take some hits I wouldn’t have. Imp of the Sun is a perfectly fine Metroidvania, but it has a few too many problems to recommend it over its peers. The Inner Fire mechanic is interesting and the boss fights are creative, but slightly ropey platforming and some balance issues hold it back from being an essential purchase. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Imp of the Sun is a charming little 2D action game set in a smallish Metroidvania world. As Nin, it’s your job to return the sun by taking down 4 dastardly Keepers who have drenched the world in darkness via an eclipse. You can actually explore quite a bit of the game world right off the bat although you’re generally guided by the NPCs through the 4 areas according to how difficult they are and there are some mechanics in play that gatekeep you by requiring certain abilities to progress. I appreciated this game world design a lot because it makes the campaign feel open even though there’s a path that you should be following regardless. In addition to the clever campaign structure, another excellent aspect of Imp of the Sun is its visuals which are filled with gorgeously animated sprites and lovely environments. In fact, the beautiful graphics are what made me want to play Imp of the Sun in the first place.

Explore, Collect and Learn

Thankfully, they do not disappoint, especially when it comes to the charming cast of characters that help you throughout such as a girl who frequently chimes in with her adorable voice that’s in a language I don’t understand. In short, it’s one charming game. As I progressed through Imp of the Sun, my enthusiasm for it gradually dwindled as I began to realise just how unrefined its gameplay is. The core controls are familiar as you run, attack, double-jump, and air-dash around the environments. However, nearly every aspect of gameplay is compromised in some sort of frustrating way. For example, jumps are a fixed height so you can’t tap the jump button to make a short hop and it’s also tricky to ascend narrow columns since Nin doesn’t seem to like touching the sides for some odd reason. Combat is also problematic in Imp of the Sun with the main issue being that it’s disconnected.

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Imp of the Sun Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

In other words, exchanging blows with enemies merely feels like both parties wave their weapons in the air while randomly taking damage. I’d say that’s a key word to define the combat: random. Sometimes, you’ll take hits from unexpected attacks while other times, foes will stand there while getting smacked around until they perish. That leads me to the AI problems because enemies have very little intelligence, especially when you see them run off cliffs or refuse to run towards you as you snipe them from a distance. To top it off, bosses are unpredictable as during one attempt, they may be impossibly aggressive and at the next try, they may just stand there as you claim victory with little effort. Although these very core elements are unrefined, Imp of the Sun is still a somewhat solid game with redeeming qualities such as the level-up system where you can spend earned experience points on increasing your health gauge

Attack power, and skill meter. It does take a long time in order to do so and I wish that there were more frequent growth opportunities but it’s satisfying nonetheless. I also enjoyed the extra moves that you unlock as you play such as the mid-air dash which allows you to reach new areas. However, the level designs are a bit inconsistent as the only substantial challenge is with enemy arenas while the rest is mostly platforming filler.We think it’s a shame that Imp of the Sun will most likely fall through the cracks of the ten trillion games that come out on Switch every single day, because it doesn’t deserve to. “Fine” does not mean “bad” and quite frankly, this writer (hello!) preferred Imp Of The Sun to the likes of Ori and the Blind Forest. It’s never going to impress anyone with its originality but is that really important? Yes, it’s a bit of a patchwork effort, stapling together bits of various different games in its genre, but it’s far from throwing metaphorical you-know-what at a wall and seeing what sticks. Super Smash Bros Ultimate 

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