Publisher: MixedBag Srl
Developer: MixedBag Srl
Release Date: August 24th, 2017
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
When I first started on Forma.8, I must admit I was immediately taken with it. Described as a Metroidvania style game, it combines a very simple gameplay with unique art for something that is actually quite different from the two games it wants to be like. Unfortunately my initial enthusiasm for the game started to die about halfway through and never fully returned.
The game does have hints of Metroidvania style games by having large maps with various rooms to explore with hidden nooks and crannies. However, how you actually play it is a much different beast. Your character basically looks like a small black dot that flies around the environment. Your only attack choices are a force blast that explodes around you and a single bomb you can lay or push with your normal attack.
What first is alright but quickly starts to frustrate is the game really never gives you any direction. You’re thrown in a forced to simply explore to navigate around with absolutely no clues as to what comes next. The exploration wouldn’t be as bad if it were not for the art and calming music. While the simplistic art style was a big draw at first, it makes that world very bland coupled with the very mono music, especially when you are backtracking again and again. Attacking the enemies becomes tedious after a while to because of the lack of variety in, really, everything.
The entire affair just starts to wear thin way before the end finally comes. While starting as a mostly relaxing and exciting exploration title, you quickly find the lack of depth hurts the title in almost every aspect including any real worthwhile power ups to find. It really is disappointing because Forma.8 has a great base to begin with, but just lacks enough punch to keep it interesting for the entire game. If they made a sequel, they really could make it something great expanding out the content just a little bit further, this otherwise doesn’t quite hit the mark.