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a game by Phigames
Platform: PC
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If you enjoy Metroidvania games, then you will no doubt come across Recompile. This title is being developed with an interesting combat system, an engrossing exploration system, and a very interesting environmental hacking system. While it might not be for everyone, it would be safe to say that the latest development from Phil Dinh is sure to capture interest from those who have played his other titles.

However, what do we know about Recompile? And can we expect this upcoming puzzle-shooter to contain enough to keep us coming back for more in the weeks, months, and years to come?

A Metroidvania with its own personality

Whilst many games in this style tend to have very clear inspirations, it looks like Recompile is trying to be its own game. The camera style, the layout, and the graphics are quite unique for this kind of game. It dispenses with the 2D side-scrolling nature so commonly used by games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to offer something a little bit different in style and in form.

This is a game where you are playing as s program that wants to avoid being deleted. So, you need to work through the games interesting systems, solving puzzles and fighting off against massive bosses and enemies to survive. The game will immediately remind people of other popular sci-fi titles such as Tron, but it definitely has its own personality and the way it works.

It wears some of its influences quite strongly on its sleeve, but you can immediately see a unique title waiting to pop out from Recompile. The games intriguing hacking system paired with fast-paced combat, rapid exploration, and challenging battles makes it look like a very intriguing release for late 2021.

Can this exploration and puzzle shooter live up to expectation?

While yet to be released – Recompile is set for an August 2021 release – this is a game that looks very interesting for various reasons. Not only does it have very interesting style and personality, but the game itself tends to have a very interesting development cycle. It’s going to be the kind of game that offers various biomes to conquer, numerous chances to overcome its bosses, and various ways to succeed.

As such, it might be a title that you should keep a close eye on. The intriguing playing style looks great, while the overall nature of the world building and theme should capture the interest of the many. That’s why you should come and take a look at this if you are looking for a puzzle shooter that offers something different.


Like most games developed by indie developers, it is good to have limited expectation. Recompile, though, looks to be a game that could very quickly become a hit.


  • Interesting gameplay style, merging together some intriguing concepts
  • Enjoyable, ambitious title with plenty of fresh ideas such as environmental hacking
  • Fresh ideas that offer something a little different to the Metroidvania genre


  • Will need to play upon release for a full evaluation

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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