Unepic for Nintendo Switch [eShop Download Codes]
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Daniel was just an average guy. He was a great videogame player, a big fan of sci-fi movies, and a novice RPG player. In the midst of an RPG, he was teleported to a castle. At first, Daniel believed that he was having a massive hallucination. Eager to keep playing within the RPG to create his own adventure, he decides to go along for te ride until his delirium comes to an end.
Once inside the castle, Daniel is inhabited by a mysterious shadow. This dark spirit can communicate with Daniel, but not control him. The shadow has a simple goal: to escape from the prison of Daniel’s body. There’s a catch, though– the dark spirit can only escape if Daniel perishes.
Struggling against enemies in the castle, with the dark spirit attempting to murder him at every turn. Daniel finally discovers his goal: to kill Harnakon, the master of the castle, and free the Pure-Spirits who are trapped within. While the stage seems set for a typical role-playing adventure, Daniel will soon discover that everything is not what it seems…
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Release Date: Dec 15, 2017
- No. of Players: 1 player
- Category: Platformer, Role-Playing
- Publisher: Francis Cota
- Developer: @unepic_fran
Unepic is a 2d metroidvania rpg originally released in 2011, now dungeon crawling it’s way onto the Nintendo Switch. Playing as Daniel, an average bear who when in the middle of a beer swaddled game of dungeons and dragons with his mates, decides to use the bathroom. While in the middle of using the pot, someone turns out the lights, when they come back on Danny boy is no longer in his mediocre life, but in a cavernous dungeon filled with demons, weapons, and magic.
Weapon of choice
As a typical side scrolling platformer you can move, jump, use your weapon, and have an action button. Which works for interacting with different parts of the environment and picking up loot. Using weapons that you find around the dungeon for different enemies or environmental hurdles. Swords are great for slicing through mutant grubs, maces smash barrels and stone projectiles, and using a bow is great for those lunging slithery snakes or hard to see bats. As the game doesn’t pause while in the menu, like most games, navigating your way to your inventory to choose a new weapon can be quite the risky maneuver. Fortunately, an amazing inventory quick select system, in which you can map any inventory item to a button combo, it’s easy to switch from dagger to wand to halo in a flash. While it doesn’t make the game’s heads up display very nice to look it, it’s function certainly does the job.
Oh Danny Boy!
From Star Wars to Harry Potter, Unepic certainly drops in enough funny references to keep the average nerd laughing. Really leaning into the fact that Daniel, the main character, knows tons about geek games and movies, that it breaks the fourth wall and allows you to relate with him even more. While most video game stories are cliche and predictable, unepic realizes it is being cliche and really leans into it.
At the beginning you are possessed by a faceless soul who continuously is wishing for your demise, so that he can be freed. As a result he is always leading you to your death, so when reaching a fork in the road where you have to decide to trust someone or not; if you do the opposite of what he tells you, it’s pretty much a safe bet you made the right decision.
Different than most metroidvanias you don’t learn new skills to open up new sections of the map. Instead, you find keys which are a bit less rewarding as it robs you of that sense of discovery when you try a new skill in a new section of the map. Remembering where the library and sewer are can save you a lot of time from wandering around when you find a new key. Combat in Unepic is just that, unepic. Mashing the attack button swings your axe, sword, or mace while holding also fires your bow. Unfortunately lacking a dodge roll or block, keeps the combat feeling a bit bland, when getting into the thick of battle.
Unepic is a solid indie 2d metroidvania, with a great loot and progression system, but lacking in moment to moment gameplay and overall polish. With the amount of amazing metroidvania in the Nintendo Switch, unepic is not at the top of my list.
Please watch my video review at YouTube channel TheFlannelFox -TheFlannelFox
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