On the first of each month or the last day of the previous month, we report on what we are doing to achieve our goal to review every Metroidvania game. This announcement will include our schedule of reviews and articles for the upcoming month, as well as any planned site adjustments or other important announcements.
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Monthly Game Spotlight: Mech Chip
The monthly game spotlight for February is Mech Chip. In this Mini-Metroidvania you control a small square capable of inserting itself into a variety of vehicles and gizmos you can collect. You must switch between mechs to solve puzzles and defeat bosses. The process is reminiscent of Wonder Boy The Dragons Trap or Monster Boy, except each Mech is much more specialized. Being a mini, it’s not particularly long, but it’ll give you a couple of hours of unique gameplay for a budget price.
February Review and Article Schedule
The Review Schedule for 2020 has been updated for February’s final plan. You can easily access this schedule by visiting our Other Resources page form the side menu. Below are the games we will be looking at this month.
Metroid Zero Mission – February 3
Monday’s Review will be the remake of the original Metroid. While the original is one of the most inaccessible Metroidvania games you can play today, Zero Mission is the complete opposite. Our opinion on the game shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that has played it.
Luna Sky RDX – February 10
If Sonic the Hedgehog had RPG elements and Metroidvania-style ability upgrades, it might look like Luna Sky RDX. This game is technically still in early access, but the developers have stated that the core content is complete.
Miracle Mia – February 10
We will be releasing Miracle Mia as a bonus review on the 10th because it’s not really a Metroidvania. The publisher asked us to take a look at this one describing it as “Metroid-like”, and some of the steam reviews also make a similar claim. If I had to make a comparison, I’d say its progression is most similar to Kid Dracula; a linear platformer with where you gain some movement abilities as you progress.
Kunai – February 17
You’re a ninja with a computer tablet for a face, and the other machines need to be be put in their place. It already gets points for style, and promises to have some exciting wall-running action gameplay.
Rabbit’s Quest – February 24
Rabbit’s Quest is a little non-traditional. It controls like a top-down game, except you can only fire to the right or left. The progression is definitely Metroidvania-like, however. In fact, it uses some common upgrades as ability gates in amusing ways. If you don’t want to wait for our review, it’s already free on itch.io (Donations recommended.)
Top 10 List – February 7
Also coming this week is our monthly top 10 list. What’s the subject? Stay tuned!
Metroidvania Review Phase 2 Plans
Phase 1 was getting our site up and running, but now that that’s done, it’s time to improve it. Besides continuing our review plan we have a few other things in the pipeline that we will be releasing once finished.
Social Media Login
We had a few items to complete before this was possible, but on our short term goal list setting up the site to allow sign in using a Google account, Steam Account, or a Twitter account. This is to assist those who don’t want yet another internet account in order to post comments on this site.
Metroidvania Game Archive
We hope that you’ve enjoyed all of the details we include with our reviews that you can search by, but the downside to the review archive is that it doesn’t include everything (yet). One of our Phase 2 goals that I’m the most excited about is creating a page for every single Metroidvania game we know about. Once this is complete we will be adding a games filtering page where you’ll be able to filter games by platform and preferred language. We hope this will provide a nice quick-list for those that just want to know what’s available on their favorite gaming device.
Wishlist/Game Ranking System
Once we get the game archive up, we’d like to allow you to do more than just browse it. Our plan is to have some kind of wishlist system for logged-in users. We don’t know exactly what we’re capable of in regards to this, but my dream is to have some kind of user-driven ranking system as just another way to organize the games.
Beyond Phase 2
The above items are our top priority, and are what we will be reporting on in this monthly update until they are complete. However, we have other ideas for the site as it grows – such as hosting user reviews and improving the site as a central place to discuss Metroidvania games. In the meantime I hope you’re finding the site useful and we welcome your feedback and any suggestions you might have!