Phantom Abyss Preview (Steam Early Access)

Our Phantom Abyss Preview shows off this massive asynchronous multiplayer game that casts players into procedurally generated temples and tasks them with retrieving the sacred relics hidden within deadly chambers.

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Phantom Abyss Preview Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 3.67GB Download size.
  • Roguelike gameplay.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, field of view slider, graphics preset, and motion blur.
  • First-person view.
  • Tutorial support as you play via pop-ups.
  • Goal- go through a randomized temple and grab the Relic.
  • Whip to grab and grapple ledges and hooks.
  • Indiana Jones-inspired gameplay.
  • Chests contain cash and how much depends if it’s small, medium, or large.
  • Puzzle elements throughout.
  • Actions – jump, slide, crouch, and whip.
  • You have to navigate and go through levels and as you do more things happen like phantoms turning up.
  • Difficult.
  • The main hub is for picking a load out.
  • Blue phantoms are the outlines of players that died before you, they will do what they did to die.
  • Levels are randomized but it’s from a pool of made levels so other players can play the same level layout.
  • 3 hearts then you die but you can die in one hit like from prison or falls.
  • When you die your blue phantom is saved to that level.
  • Adventure code allows you to share levels with friends so you can do the same run.
  • Unlock new whips with new abilities.
  • Up to 20 phantoms can inhabit one level.

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Phantom Abyss Preview Cons:

  • Can get very disorientating.
  • You don’t get told a lot about the hook or what stuff does.
  • Judging jumps is tricky.
  • Slow burner.
  • No Steam achievements yet.
  • Having loads of phantoms can be off-putting.
  • You have to roll just as you land to avoid damage but it is vomit Inducing with no setting.
  • The slowdown in places.
  • Difficult.

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Phantom Abyss:

Official website.

Developer: Team Wiby

Publisher: Devolver Digital.

Store Links –

Steam Early Access

Summary

If you have ever fancied being Indiana Jones then Phantom Abyss is a game for you. Despite being in Early Access Phantom Abyss is a very good game. You play on a randomly preset level and must navigate the many traps and descend the floors and grab the Relic. It all plays out in the first-person perspective and this makes it quite impactful and real. You will encounter spike traps, pits, poison darts and so much more. Phantom Abyss also boasts a robust platform and traversal mechanic whereby a whip you have will grapple and swing you around. Just the standard whip is enough to get you going but you can get different ones with different effects which makes the puzzle-solving and level traversal different and more varied. Phantoms are uploaded beings of other players that have done or failed the level you are on, you can see them play out their replay in real-time and even follow them, up to 20 can be on one level and when you see it it really is a spectacle, a sometimes confusing spectacle but one nether the less. What I really like is the game is difficult but it makes you want to do better, learn from mistakes. The major issue I have is the lack of information given to you for the mechanics and items and the big one, rolling. You press roll as you land to avoid damage but it’s so disorientating and vomit-inducing it really messes with your head. Phantom Abyss is a fantastic game already and the fact it’s Early Access means we have a lot more game to come and that is amazing news.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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