|a game by||Nolla Games|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||9.5/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Best Roguelike Games, Destruction Games, Magic Games, Dark Humor Games|
If there was one genre within gaming that no one quite saw coming, it was the roguelike genre. This brand of gaming experience has become increasingly popular within mainstream gaming culture and despite a mixed to poor reception in over the last decade. This genre has become the subject of many AAA titles of late. Noita may not be able to boast AAA status, however, this indie game that revolves around sorcery, exploration and luck has really captivated those that have stumbled upon this indie gem.
This game plays like other roguelike indie titles such as The Binding of Issac, Rogue Legacy, Hades, Spelunky and Dead cells. Plus, also has sprinklings of inspiration from games like Carrion, Hidden Deep and the Metroid series. This game is a chaotic battle that forces you to learn and adapt. However, is the lesson that this game isn’t worth the strain? We find out in our review of Noita.
A Manic Magic Experience
Firstly, lets focus on the graphics. This game has visual offerings that are rather similar to pixelated indie titles like Carrion. The game takes place in dingy underground environments where exploration is key but can be equally costly. The areas are procedurally generated and for that reason, never look the same. However, due to the limited biomes and assets, the gameplay becomes repetitive as does the scenery. However, that is what we have come to expect from Roguelikes, so we suppose it gets a pass on this front.
The gameplay is really where these games live or die and thankfully, this game is chocked full of fun mechanics, powerups and loot that make each run different from the next. So considering that dying is part and parcel of Roguelikes, that bodes rather well. The action is fast paced, difficult and never holds the players hand. Only hinting at the best way forward and asking you to play and through trial and error, work your way through the content.
For the most part, this is fun and engaging. However, the core issue with this game is that it is far from the refined experiences offered from games like Returnal or Hades for example. The procedural areas can lead to cheap deaths, the enemy’s are scaled poorly at times, grinding is needed more than it possibly should be and as a result, the game does have a drop off point that others within the genre manage to avoid. However, if you can push through, there is rewarding moments to be found here.
Overall, Noita is a flawed gem. The title has fast-paced and challenging gameplay that Roguelike fans have come to expect in the last few years. Plus, the mechanics on offer provide enough gameplay changes throughout to keep the experience feeling fresh.
However, the lack of balance, the cheap deaths and the extended grinding needed to overcome the somewhat artificial difficulty spikes will prove a little too much for some. However, all that aside, Noita is a game that Roguelike fans will enjoy and is certainly worth a try.
- Unique gameplay mechanics
- Simple and accessible but hard to master
- Exploration is fun and rewarding
- Graphics are a little primitive
- Gameplay is unbalanced leading to cheap, frustrating moments
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP