Review: HEROINE ANTHEM ZERO episode 1 (Nintendo Switch)

HEROINE ANTHEM ZERO episode 1

As fate brings Wanin the Forest Keeper and the wandering cat-girl Shama Kutami together, the entangling web of destinies unfolds. In a world unforgiven by God, their fight for survival unknowingly bears the weight and sins of thousands of generations hereafter.

Pros:

  • Hand drawn graphics.
  • 3.9gb download size.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • 20 save slots.
  • 3 difficulties-relax, standard, and nightmare.
  • Full touchscreen support.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • The fantastic magical world to explore.
  • Ongoing tutorials.
  • Big boss battles.

HEROINE ANTHEM ZERO episode 1

Cons:

  • Really long loading times.
  • Constant loading.
  • Sluggish movement.
  • Feels basic.
  • The map is not clear.
  • No waypoints/quest help.

HEROINE ANTHEM ZERO episode 1

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

I’m not sure exactly what I wanted from this game. I suppose if pushed I would say I was after a good story but decent levels and a fun atmosphere with interesting combat and maybe a hook or twist to distinguish it from the many platformers out there. What I got was an alright story, the combat is not that bad, bland but not bad and each encounter was fine. The movement, however, was very juddering and sluggish and when you match that up with the constant long loading times, it makes for a very slow and unrewarding experience. The map is there but lacks anything to actually help with progress and to be honest, I had very little oomph to actually make progress. It all felt either flat and bland or slow and waiting on loading times.

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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