Developer: City Connection

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X (Reviewed) |S 

Gene(s): Arcade

Publisher: Ratalaika Games

Avenging Spirit is a retro classic that was released in 1991; it’s an old-school action platformer with a unique twist.

The game starts as a side-scrolling platformer but does include the key feature of making you use platform elements to navigate multi-tiered levels. While these seem like simple gaming elements, it does make the game dynamic more interesting and the platforming elements more enjoyable. I liked the level designs and hidden areas you will encounter as you explore every inch of each level. Level design is rich with plenty to keep you challenged. Each new environment introduces more lethal elements that you must navigate. The other unique mechanic is the ability to turn into an avenging spirit and take over another character when you die. This feature is novel but adds so much richness to the game too. The player is required to use the new character and learn their move set. Each level progresses to a boss battle.

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Game controls and mechanics are reminiscent of classic platformers; controls are intuitive and tight. The game is responsive to inputs, and you feel in full control throughout. The platforming mechanics are superb, and it’s a joy to relive these classic platformers. I love playing games like this and reliving a whole different generation of gaming. The old-school retro midi soundtrack just takes you back to retro heaven; the big brass hits pang out loudly. The groovy music helps to illuminate the game.

Modern-day updates include the ability to rewind, save the state and load the state of the game. The rewind features allow you to replay any point that you may die at; this will happen often; this is very useful due to the difficulty of the game and probably is the only way to finish the game! If you don’t use the rewind feature, this game reminds you of the super arcade games with limited continues. If you want a challenge, try without the rewind.

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The game supports a two-player local co-op if you want to have a friend help you on your journey in this bright and brash world.

Avenging Spirit follows a host of classic game mechanics of retro platformers but does; have the addition of tiered levels as opposed to just side-scrolling levels. The other unique mechanic, the ability to inhabit other hosts when; you die, is the game changer and adds a whole layer to the game. It also has a sense of novelty and gameplay diversity, as each character you take over has its unique attacks. Solid classic gameplay throughout with big boss battles.

Avenging Spirit is a retro classic that was released in 1991; it’s an old-school action platformer with a unique twist.

The game starts as a side-scrolling platformer but does include the key feature of making you use platform elements to navigate multi-tiered levels. While these seem like simple gaming elements, it does make the game dynamic more interesting and the platforming elements more enjoyable. I liked the level designs and hidden areas you will encounter as you explore every inch of each level. Level design is rich with plenty to keep you challenged. Each new environment introduces more lethal elements that you must navigate. The other unique mechanic is the ability to turn into an avenging spirit and take over another character when you die. This feature is novel but adds so much richness to the game too. The player is required to use the new character and learn their move set. Each level progresses to a boss battle.

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Game controls and mechanics are reminiscent of classic platformers; controls are intuitive and tight. The game is responsive to inputs, and you feel in full control throughout. The platforming mechanics are superb, and it’s a joy to relive these classic platformers. I love playing games like this and reliving a whole different generation of gaming. The old-school retro midi soundtrack just takes you back to retro heaven; the big brass hits pang out loudly. The groovy music helps to illuminate the game.

Modern-day updates include the ability to rewind, save the state and load the state of the game. The rewind features allow you to replay any point that you may die at; this will happen often; this is very useful due to the difficulty of the game and probably is the only way to finish the game! If you don’t use the rewind feature, this game reminds you of the super arcade games with limited continues. If you want a challenge, try without the rewind.

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The game supports a two-player local co-op if you want to have a friend help you on your journey in this bright and brash world.

Avenging Spirit follows a host of classic game mechanics of retro platformers but does; have the addition of tiered levels as opposed to just side-scrolling levels. The other unique mechanic, the ability to inhabit other hosts when; you die, is the game changer and adds a whole layer to the game. It also has a sense of novelty and gameplay diversity, as each character you take over has its unique attacks. Solid classic gameplay throughout with big boss battles.

The game is available at 5.99 USD / EUR, which includes the original Japanese version as well as the English version.

Overall: 8/10

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