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Reventure analysis, one of the indie games of the year now also on Switch

Reventure
Written by Kamran Haider

He has enjoyed huge success on PC but the fun Reventure is not satisfied with that and now he wants to make us enjoy his crazy platform action also on Nintendo Switch. Forget what you knew about heroic adventures. Although you must save the world … the grace is to see the hero die! Reventure analysis.

Save the princess; Be a hero and defeat the Dark Lord! Sounds typical, yes, but the grace of Reventure, what makes this such a special video game, is that it is not going to save ladies in trouble or become champions of justice. Die in the most absurd way possible. Therein lies the charm of a title that has conquered thousands of people on PC, becoming one of the phenomena of summer, and seeks to do the same also on Nintendo Switch, where it has just premiered. Die, die, die! … and continue your adventure as if nothing. Sounds ridiculous but it’s frankly fun to test the patience of the protagonist of this crazy retro-style game facing challenges that mostly end with tragic outcomes. What the hell. TheOne hundred endings are just that; suffer humiliating defeats that far from discouraging us, invite us to continue exploring their crazy fantasy universe.

Everything goes as long as you see poor Tim die, if only once again, in the style of the mythical “one more turn and end” typical of the Civilization saga. And the best part is that even waiting for his sad end, Reventure manages to surprise with even more grotesque and devilish outcomes than you could imagine. Do not throwback your visual section; Do not be fooled by the simplicity of their action. There are few more original adventures than this video game-born from the hands of the Spanish team Pixelatto. There is action and platform, yes, but its essence is more of a convoluted puzzle game in which every action has consequences. Did you opt for the bombs instead of the shield? Did you prefer the hook? Or maybe your choice was to run with nothing on top? Even the simplest of your decisions will determine the course of the adventure, opening and closing routes in that strange and pixelated fantasy world in which the action takes place. So there is game for a while; one that also enjoys a lot in small pills, taking advantage of the portable mode of the Nintendo console.

In Reventure, everything kills … and has fun

Nothing is more exciting than embarking on a new adventure. You are destined to change the course of history, to save the world! So you leave your home with a firm step determined to defeat every enemy that gets ahead … until you stumble upon a stone and die. Your great adventure is over. That’s how stupid and funny the story of Reventure is, a videogame that links with great ingenuity the thousand and one misfortunes of our unfortunate hero reflecting with humor the consequences of our actions. Did he give you to kill the king? You will end up dead, or in prison, but when you come back to life you will see that there are references to that late monarch.

Reventure relies on the absurd, in the “will not be able to do so” to surprise the player with brief and hilarious stories that cost not to let out a laugh. Some outcomes are so unexpected, so beasts, that you can only laugh and move on; try your luck with a different path to, of course, see how other ways the hero can die. The departures are fast, some of a few seconds, which helps to start the trip and repeat certain actions that do not become especially tedious. In addition, fulfilling specific tasks, you can achieve that, for example, the legendary sword becomes a family heirloom and therefore, it is not necessary to go look for it in a cave. It is one of the best virtues of the Reventure.

It links with a lot of ingenuity and humor the thousand and one misfortunes of our unfortunate hero

Although the story is quite secondary it is surprising to see how all the misfortunes suffered by the protagonist are intertwined with each other; how still losing his life in an atrocious way crushed by an elevator the game manages to give you an excuse and put the hero back on screen. Sometimes turned into a zombie, sometimes as a meat mass report, or directly as a relative of Tim himself. It will be for options! And it is the best. Reventure takes clichés typical of such emblematic series as The Legend of Zelda saga, the hero of green included, and twists and ridicules them in such a way that as a player you have no other but to smile.

You take the bombs, the hook, the flute of time, sword and shield … even a giant pedrusco !, and in the end what happens; The hero cannot weigh so much and dies. It is so absurd but at the same time so ingenious that you end up falling for the charms of Reventure. I said it before. It is an adventure with some action, because there are combats against some enemies, and also a lot of platforms since you will have to overcome chasms and traps with jumps or special objects. However, the Pixelatto game that received the best indie award in Gamelab 2019 feels more like a puzzle adventure. Going forward in itself is a convoluted puzzle that forces you to consider a large handful of possibilities. I would almost recommend playing with paper and pencil to the side to write down clues because every step you take, and every death you suffer, encourages you to think of new ways to proceed. How can I manage to get just a little further? How do I survive the attack of this enemy? And now that?everything

It is original and very funny

Do not get carried away by first impressions; Do not be fooled by the poor visual section that Reventure boasts. The game world design is commendable. All areas are intelligently connected, allowing you to reach the same destination in different ways. And it is that not only the type of objects that you carry is taken into account; if you can open a gap with a pump or if you can use the shovel to dig a tunnel. In Reventure the quantity also matters because the more objects the hero carries, the harder it will be to jump and therefore cannot reach certain platforms. I said it before: every decision has consequences.

Reventure’s action is quite simple, yes, well, you jump, hit and little else, but the Pixelatto game doesn’t need much more to have fun as few get. It is an original experience, real nonsense ! which also offers an interesting critical view of the adventure genre. Do not hesitate to twist all those rules that we believe are immovable to surprise us again and again with outcomes that break the player’s logic. Does the story really end like this? Is it a good or bad ending? And so, during the nearly 12 hours it can take you to unlock all the endings and solve the great mysteries that a videogame is worth trying.

It is true that the action becomes somewhat repetitive once the first hours of play are complete because in the end, you repeat the same actions over and over again. There are variations; many routes to follow and especially great freedom of action, but given that the challenges he proposes are mostly very similar to each other, no matter how much humor there is, Reventure feels somewhat limited in his action. Visually speaking, it is not a video game that highlights the least. In general, it is an ugly game but I also tell you that once you get into action the graphics go to the background. You have such a good time discovering new outcomes that you forget about aesthetics. Its authors opted for this aesthetic against more detailed graphics to create more content, to surprise with new outcomes, and this being its great attraction, it is logical.

Is it worth playing Reventure? As I told you in the analysis of the original version on PC, of ​​course. It is an original video game, very funny, that can keep you glued to the computer for hours while you discover and enjoy the many misfortunes to which the hero is subjected. Despite appearances, it is an ingenious, surprising title, which uses humor to catch you a few games get. There are already thousands of players who have checked for themselves, will you also be seduced by this crazy action-adventure and platforms?

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Conclusion:

Reventure seems like the typical action-adventure and retro-style platforms but nothing is further from reality. It is a surprisingly fun video game that stands out for its intelligent level design, its great freedom of action and those one hundred crazy outcomes that you will want to discover just by seeing the hero suffer. With the essence of a puzzle game, you will see yourself, again and again, trying new strategies to discover the many secrets hidden in one of the most original indie games of recent years.

  • A very original adventure that knows how to surprise and have fun with its hundred endings
  • Great sense of humor and a well-spun story that takes into account our actions
  • It has the soul of a puzzle game. You’ll have to think to get a little further
  • Poor graphics section. It is not a particularly beautiful video game
  • The action, being simple, becomes somewhat repetitive within a few hours

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