Two Kickstarters including a prequel to the Messenger, as well as a great Analysis on Metroidvania games by Adam Millard in this week's Metroidvania News.

The Metroidvania Review is keeping its ear to the floor for any Metroidvania related news, and on a weekly basis we gather it up and share it with you. This will primarily be links to other sites, and you may have already heard the news throughout the week, but in case you missed something we hope to provide a good summary for what’s out there.

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Adam Millard’s ” What Does It Mean To Be A Metroidvania?”

Quibbles over genre definitions can get a little tiresome, but that’s not what this video is about. Adam Millard started a game analysis channel about seven months ago, and this past week he put together a very thoughtful analysis of what makes Metroidvania games great. His recommended approach for why and how developers should make games is something I resonate with, even if my opinion is a little different on Ori and the Blind Forest. I highly recommend giving it a watch. It contains some spoilers for both Ori games and Super Metroid – although he does give fair warning on Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

9 Years of Shadows – A Heartfelt Metroidvania Experience Kickstarter

The title “9 Years of Shadows” is in reference to a curse that has consumed all color from the world, and now the Battle Maiden Europa sets out to vanquish the evil that is tormenting the land. You can check an early demo from the kickstarter website, and if you’re interested, pledges will be open until April 22nd.

Sea of Stars – A Turn-Based RPG Prequel to The Messenger

While not fully “Metroidvania News”, Sea of Stars is related to one of our favorite games, The Messenger. It shouldn’t be any surprise that there’s a drastic genre shift given what The Messenger was in the first place, and it’s entirely possible it’s all a lie anyway. If The Messenger proved anything about Sabotage Studio, they have some excellent writers, so even if this game won’t likely be a feature on this site as a review, it’s definitely something to look forward to.

You can wishlist it on Steam by clicking here.

Legend of an Atom

The developer for Legend of an Atom recently shared it on r/indiegames, and so I’m now bringing it to you here. You play as a magnified Atom who’s only desire is to escape the lab of the scientist who created him. The game is still in early development, but a demo is available. You can show your support for the project by following it over on Gamejolt.

New Steam Page

Take control of a repurposed clone and discover the secrets of the omnipresent Emperor AI. This one has actually been on the Nintendo Switch for a few months now, but if Steam is your preferred platform you’ll be able to play it there on April 17th.

Stay Tuned for More

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