Review: Ageless (Steam)
Ageless is a story-driven puzzle platformer where you must alter the age of animals and plant life around you to progress. Play as Kiara, a young girl who braves through heartache and loss as she journeys across a mysterious world to discovers its secrets and herself.
- Cartoon pixel art graphics.
- 1006mb Download size.
- Steam achievements.
- Steam trading cards.
- Controller support.
- 3 save slots.
- Graphics-fullscreen and resolution.
- 2D puzzle platformer gameplay.
- Gimmick-you can age and de-age plants and animals.
- Animals can grow big and strong or small and infant-like.
- Plants grow out and blossom or deage back into a small stump.
- Constant checkpoints.
- Has a Celeste vibe to it especially with the jumping and pacing.
- Full 360-degree aiming circle.
- Tranquil chilled out soundtrack.
- World map level select.
- Gameplays out on a screen by screen basis.
- Slow starter.
- The mouse cursor can sometimes stay on the screen.
- Minimum graphics settings.
- One gimmick.
- Difficulty spikes.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessibility - 8/108/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
A platformer with a Gimmick is nothing new, Ageless gives us a platformer with another new Gimmick. In Ageless you can age and deage animals and plants with your trusty bow, as you change a plant it can grow and shrink allowing you to use or not use it as a platform for example. When you do your magic on an animal it makes it old or young which changes how the animal acts, this opens up a whole new level of puzzle platforming and it maintains it all and adds in a fast pace akin to a Super Meat Boy or Celeste. It took me a while to get up to speed with the controls and mechanics but once it happened it was magical. I loved having to replay a section over and over as I worked out how to navigate and keep it all moving. After a few hours, I was mentally exhausted, it’s a game you hit and you hit hard and within half-hour you know if it’s your cup of tea, it was for me but I could only handle a few cups before I got in a mental mess that resulted in frustration and loss of reflex usage. Fantastic game though.