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: Environmental Station Alpha
The monthly game spotlight for June is Environmental Station Alpha. If you’ve lurked in Metroidvania related internet forums, this may not be a “hidden gem” by any means, but there’s a good reason it’s a cult classic. At first it seems like a “hard but fair” Metroid clone, but at every chance it gets it subverts your expectations in wonderful and frightening ways. This is the game we’re currently streaming on Twitch, so if you want to check out some gameplay then tune in – but ironically I do recommend you play this as blind as possible. Just be warned, it starts out relatively easy but it eventually becomes super challenging; it’s one of the hardest games I’ve ever played.
June Review and Article Schedule
Disclaimer – While we work very hard to keep our schedule exactly as we’ve announced it, technical difficulties or surprise high priority review requests can require us to adjust the schedule accordingly. We will try to post an announcement any time this happens.
Below are the games we will be looking at this month.
Super Metroid – June 1
It’s finally happening – we’re adding a review for Super Metroid to the site. This isn’t the first time I’ve played this game by far, but I did play it fresh for the purposes of this review. Will 100 games experience with modern Metroidvania games and all of the genre’s “advancements” change my opinion on this ancient 1994 SNES game? Find out this Monday!
(Spoilers: Of course not, this game is amazing.)
Bone Appetit– June 8
There are quite a few philosophies on how to design a Metroidvania game, and this one relies entirely on the open exploration aspect of the genre. It’s a short game, meant to be replayed and broken, but that makes it a delight for those that enjoy sequence breaking and experimenting with routes and money optimization.
The Mummy Demastered – June 15
I think we’ve all been conditioned to expect the worst out of licensed games, especially when the thing it’s licensing was a total flop. WayForward nevertheless takes the IP and manages to create a solid Metroidvania experience that successfully combines run-and-gun with Castlevania.
Chasm 1.075 – June 22
When I wrote my Chasm review near its release, it was very obvious to me that there were issues that were going to be patched in the future, which is why I disclosed the patch number at the top of the review. Bit Kid on Reddit has told me that it’s now in a state they’re satisfied with, and I liked the game enough to give it another chance. So this month we’ll be writing a new review to find out whether the changes elevate Chasm from just being a good game to a great game.
3000th Duel – June 29
We have had quite a few developer requests lately, but this one is a reader request that I’ve also been very curious about. It’s been tagged with “Souls-like” suggesting that combat is a primary focus, and of course anything related to the Souls-like genre peaks my interest just as quickly as “Metroidvania” does.
Maptroid – June 29
The wonderful developer of this game contacted us to let us know about this game. It’s like a Metroidvania, except you control only where you are on the map. We’ll be reviewing it just to help give it exposure on the site, but since it’s only about 15 minutes long it’ll probably be faster for you to just try it yourself. Check out the link to the Kongregate site below:
Top 10 Games to Try if you like Hollow Knight – June 5
One of the most frequent requests I see are from people that just finished Hollow Knight, but crave more. A game that’s exactly like Hollow Knight doesn’t exist, but we’re putting together a top 10 list of games you may want to check out anyway. Keep an eye out for it next Friday.