Libra: Timespinner (Switch)
Libra is a series which provides first impressions of games before their full review. These are generally spoiler free, however some base plot points – as well as some mechanic/system reveals – could lurk ahead.
Another week, another 2D-inspired Metroidvania releases on the eshop, but there is something about Timespinner that immediately makes it feel different and stand out from the rest. It’s a crafted, story-driven adventure game that’s not afraid to show its inspirational roots. If you have played 90’s action-platformers, such as Castlevania: SOTN, you will know what I mean as you recognize things immediately – from settings, inventory screen, and leveling up to the notifications and sounds.
Timespinner is a story where you follow Lunais on a quest for revenge against the empire for killing her family. In the opening minutes of the game, as Lunais is celebrating her birthday and learning the meaning of being a timespinner, the evil Lachiem Empire appears to ruin the celebration – killing her family. Now sent through time, she must learn to control time and explore a vast world in order to get her revenge.
- Combat is great – you wield orbs of various powers and abilities which can be collected throughout the game. Items, such as necklaces and rings, allow you to expand the orb’s abilities and even grant you the ability to cast spells. This system appears to be fairly robust, and will offer lots of options as you play through the game.
- Story and lore can be discovered through the game’s various collectibles, such as memories, journals, downloads, etc.
- The world is beautifully drawn pixel work that shows its inspiration while also being unique.
- Fun boss battles with well-designed (and crafted) enemies
- Interesting story, setting, crafting, time travel, and characters.
- Plenty of hidden areas containing treasure, such as upgrades, items, and new abilities
- No Quest/Objective waypoints markers on the map – you have the ability to place custom ones, but if you are looking where to go next, it’s on you to start exploring.
Be on the lookout for my official Timespinner review soon!