Review: Inexistence Rebirth (Steam)

Rediscover this great Metroidvania game in a brand new version with a lot of features and improvements! Run in a vast world full of mysteries and action in this Metroidvania-style game inspired by the classics of the 16-bit era.

Pros:

  • 16-bit style graphics.
  • 182mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen.
  • 3 save slots.
  • 3 difficulties-easy/normal/hard.
  • Metroidvania gameplay.
  • Earn EXP from enemies and get points to increase stats and buy new skills.
  • Bestiary-shows any encountered enemies.
  • Brief tutorial at the start.
  • Map uncovers as you play.
  • Fountains-save point, heal you, and fast travel points.
  • Shop to buy new items and gear.
  • Coins drop in the game world.
  • Collectible jigsaw pieces.
  • Death-restart at the fountain but keep no progress before death.
  • Unlock powerful magic attacks.
  • Solid responsive controls.
  • Many hidden rooms and routes.
  • Wide variety of enemy types.
  • Some really good looking locations.
  • Pays homage to other classic Metroidvania titles.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • Keeps booting the game up in French.
  • No actual graphics option.
  • Very difficult.
  • Hit detection is a bit off.
  • It can sometimes be hard to see where you can drop down without dying.
  • The tutorial is so basic that it doesn’t explain EXP, leveling up, and so forth.
  • Huge monster encounters.
  • Combat is very one-note until much later in the game.

 

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

Summary

I do like a good Metroidvania. Inexistence Rebirth is a very solid offering and does boast many hours of play, for me the game took a long time to get going meaning combat was sluggish and one-note, there is no voice work so the story telling doesn’t quite grab you as much as it should. The controls are solid and it all feels natural yet familiar, I had a lot of fun but I had to work for it but as a Metroidvania game it definitely scratches the itch.

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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