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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • Slow starter.
  • The mouse cursor can sometimes stay on the screen.
  • Minimum graphics settings.
  • One gimmick.
  • Difficulty spikes.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

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.

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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