If you enjoy a good platformer let me expose you to Embers of Mirrim from Creative Bytes Studios, which is out now for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Simply put, this is a gem of a game that will test your skill and brain power as it throws oddball controls at you to make the platforming genre even more tricky than it already is.
You can catch the full review in the video below, or by reading the script, which is embedded after the video review.
Hey now platforming fans, Matt Heywood here for EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Embers of Mirrim from Creative Bytes Studios, which is out now for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Embers of Mirrim stars the cat-like beings Mir and Rim, with each representing the light and dark sides of their species. At the start of the game these two beings are merged into one, forming Mirrim out of the light and dark ember of each species.
That may sound a bit confusing, but trust me, it all makes sense when you play the opening tutorial missions that bring Mir and Rim together for the first time during their fateful jaunts to a mysterious spire.
Once Mirrim is formed, the game officially begins and its unique gameplay takes center stage as you platform and puzzle-solve your way through seven unique looking levels of beautiful game design. Visually Embers of Mirrim evokes shades of Ori and the Blind Forest, albeit with its own flair. It’s a side and vertical scroller, meaning some levels are played from right to left, while others may be a left to right, top to bottom, or bottom to top scenario.
Platforming is the best genre to describe the gameplay in Embers, but thanks to the abilities of Mir and Rim, this isn’t just a simple run and jump affair. In fact, thanks to the innovative joystick controls, which at times have you controlling two Embers, think light spheres, at the same time, your brain will fight you and reward you when you pull off an insane series of jumps and navigations using each thumbstick to control a separate entity.
Things get very left and right brain, and once you have to start swapping the Ember that usually requires the top floating ember to take the bottom position, you’ll literally be fighting your fingers and mind to pull off the seemingly impossible task. In fact, these moments almost get too complex, at least for me, because my brain wouldn’t comply with what the game required of me, but I still loved the challenge and appreciated the frustration as it played on my competitive side. You can also influence other beings in the game, such as using a squid-like animal to shoot embers at vines blocking the path forward, or using mushrooms as trampolines or extended walkways. These also are woven into the gameplay later on in the journey, which ramps of the difficulty and requires your creative side to help get you through.
It’s hard to put this game down because of said challenge, and quite frankly it’s a beauty to look at, and the gameplay is rewarding while being a bit too challenging. Embers of Mirrim isn’t just a scrolling platformer though, as it features chase sequences that are a blast to get through thanks to the challenge, as well as boss battles that always require a bit of puzzle solving and strategy to conquer.
Embers of Mirrim is a charming little title that evokes memories of the platforming genre’s storied past, while also making it feel fresh and very colorful. The world is beautiful, and the non-speaking characters make the narrative even more special as you must experience it through their physical actions and emotions. Its twin-stick controls make things a bit tough and confusing as you approach the final chapters, but for the most part the gameplay is tough but fair, and very rewarding.
It is very deserving of an 8 out of 10 review score from your friends at EB. If you’ve been needing a platformer in life you can’t go wrong with Embers of Mirrim.
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided an Xbox One code by the publisher for the purposes of this review.