Developed by one man over five years, Axiom Verge is a remarkable feat. Not only because creator Tom Happ did all the art, music, programming, and design himself, but because its damn good too. Its inspired heavily by the Metroid series, but it doesnt feel like a rip-off. The DNA of Nintendos game is felt in every pixelated corridorthe compelling exploration, the backtracking, the eerie otherworldly atmosphere, the tough bossesbut it has plenty of ideas of its own.
You play as Trace, a goofy-looking scientist who, after an experiment goes explosively awry, wakes up in a strange alien world that looks like something out of H.R. Gigers nightmares. Its a strange bio-mechanical place filled with weird monsters that Trace must battle through to escape. Honestly, I didnt find the story that engaging. It wasnt the narrative that kept me pushing on, but finding out what new boss, enemy, power-up, or weapon was waiting for me around the next corner.
Developer: Thomas Happ Games LLC
Publisher: Thomas Happ Games LLC
Release Date: 14 May, 2015
Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Adventure
- OS: Windows XP
- Processor: Intel Pentium E2180 2.0 GHz
- Memory: 500 MB RAM
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
- Storage: 300 MB available space
- Additional Notes: Dual Shock 4 or XInput controller recommended.