Two months after its initial Steam and console release, GUTS Department’s tower defense/platformer Aegis Defenders with Metroidvania elements makes a splash on GOG.
The tower defense, pixel platformer as well as Metroidvania-style gameplay has already been done many times, but it seems that this former Kickstarter project has made quite an impact on release. Playing as machinist Bart, who can revive lost technologies, and his granddaughter Clu, a hunter and trap smith, the player is on a quest for finding the ancient weapon Aegis that can save their village from a slowly approaching empire.
It wouldn’t be a tower defense game without fighting back monsters by building all sorts of weapons. Combining and upgrading Bart and Clu’s abilities with the “Fusion System” allows for different approaches to complete levels. Switching between up to four characters makes this game one of the tougher platform/strategy mixes, but being able to play in co-op should make this more fun, too. If it’s also possible to survive on one’s own depends on how well one knows the utilization of active and passive skills of each character. Featuring 16-bit sprite visuals that hark back to classic games like Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda, the game certainly looks beautiful, especially with fluid animations and hand-painted backgrounds, so anyone interested in classic gameplay and art style will probably like this title.
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