Sunblaze Review (Steam)

In our Sunblaze Review, we take on this opportunity to try our hand at the ever-difficult speed platformer genre. Like the games that came before it, Celeste, Meatboy, we try and make sense of it all and put our reflexes up for sacrifice.

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Sunblaze Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 276.24MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Hardcore speed platformer gameplay.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, show blood, camera shake, and flickering effects.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller.
  • Quick restart button. (optional)
  • Extra settings- game clock, chapter clock, quick skip cutscenes, death counter, and run in the background.
  • Two game modes- standard and zen.
  • Four save slots.
  • Six chapters.
  • Ridiculously addictive.
  • Tight controls.
  • Clever mechanics.
  • Devious yet initiative-level design.
  • Accessibility options for us crap players- invincibility, infinite dashes, infinite jumps, break glass by touching, higher jumps, and higher double jumps.
  • Puzzle platformer.
  • You learn and adapt as you play.
  • Optional Collectibles in levels.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Zen mode- lowers the difficulties and makes the story levels shorter overall.
  • A lot of replay value

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Sunblaze Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • The story doesn’t feel like it’s even needed.
  • No checkpoints.
  • It’s all geared more towards speedrunning.
  • No level creator.
  • Sometimes you can feel stuck with no way of hints or tips.
  • Nothing in the way of unlocks.

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Sunblaze:

Official website.

Developer: Games From Earth

Publisher: Bonus Stage Publishing

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GoG

Steam

Nintendo

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

Dropping straight out of a Celeste and Meat Boy think tank, Sunblaze is a hardcore platforming masterclass that will test your nerves and reflexes like no other. Throw in puzzle elements and the constant need to go faster Sunblaze is a top-tier game for speedrunners, genre fans, and just about anyone who wants to test themselves. What I really appreciated is the fact that the devs gave not one person the chance to complain about its difficulty or accessibility (i still tried!) they have added full remapping of the controller or keyboard and added a full accessibility menu to turn off features such as invincibility or infinite jump. But again if that feels like cheating then Zen mode is for you as it still has difficulty but you don’t need to do as many levels in a chapter. I didn’t think o would like the game but before I knew it, hours had been racked up and optimal routes were being planned and mapped out. Sunblaze is just one hell of a fine example of the genre and with its wealth of options, there has never been a better time to try it!

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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