9 Years of Shadows Review (Steam)
For our 9 Years of Shadows Review, we fight to bring beautiful colors back to a hand-crafted world of darkness and discover the story of Europa, a young warrior, and her ghostly childhood companion, Apino. Many have tried to venture inside the twisted depths of Talos, a dormant fortress where several civilizations have settled over centuries. And, after losing everything she held dear, Europa has nothing holding her back from attempting what others could not achieve. As a noble fighter who refuses to be bound by the curse, she must enter the castle, find the source of corruption, and return the color once and for all.
9 Years of Shadows Review Pros:
- Decent pixel art graphics.
- 7.06GB download size.
- Steam achievements.
- Full controller support.
- Graphics settings – resolution and window mode.
- Can rebind controls.
- 3 save slots.
- Awesome animated cutscenes.
- Metroidvania platformer gameplay.
- 2D perspective.
- Smooth solid controls.
- Hack and slash combat with free-flowing combos.
- Breakable objects within the world.
- Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
- Instant smash hit soundtrack.
- The animations look so cool.
- Elemental armor makes an appearance and this can help you deal mega damage to enemies but also absorb more damage.
- The map uncovers as you play.
- Beautiful artwork and colors.
- Big boss encounters.
- Enemies respawn when you leave and return to a screen.
- Find music note relics to upgrade your health and magic bar.
- Takes a lot from the Castlevania games.
- The map fills in as you explore.
- Save rooms.
- Very enjoyable.
- Slight puzzle elements.
- Hidden rooms and routes.
- Has a mix of hack and slash accompanied by a basic shooter addition, your ally can in fact shoot enemies and switches.
9 Years of Shadows Review Cons:
- Bare minimum graphics settings.
- Hard crashed a few times with no saving.
- Played a bit then after the last hard crash I cannot pass the opening cinematics. Has been fixed now but it can occasionally happen.
- Not a lot of things to collect and do in terms of items etc.
- Combat is very repetitive.
- Slow starter.
- Save rooms are far apart resulting in replaying large chunks.
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9 Years of Shadows:
Developer: Halberd Studios
Publisher: Freedom Games
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- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessibility - 8/108/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10