Tough choices, layered combat, intense puzzles, and the ultimate goal of saving Earth. Avril with her immense physical and mental powers will decide how she will save her home in Batora: Lost Haven. Developed by Stormind Games and published by Team17. Batora: Lost Haven is an action-packed sci-fi blend of hack-and-slash and twin-stick shooter gameplay.
The fate of Earth rests in the hands of a 16-year-old girl. She has experienced great loss and from that gained the power to avenge it. With the guidance of Batora, a wise creature in a parallel dimension. Also, with her best friend Mila, the Sun and Moon entities give her power. Are working together to defeat Soren the one who started this calamity.
Batora: Lost Haven Looks Kiddish, Its Not
Moreover, after completing the demo provided by the publisher, it’s safe to say this game will push you to make tough choices. In order for me to progress through the story, there was a moment where I had to starve a group of sentients or leave a friend to die. The game has a colorful almost innocent classic 3D platform design to it but the issues that you face are very mature. Revenge, sacrifice, deceit, and other deep thoughts were on full display within this hour-long playthrough.
This gameplay is a mix of a few genres and goes about it in a non-gimmicky way. You have physical powers which Avril uses a large sword and this is where the hack-and-slash come into play. Then once you activate the nature switch, you then access your mental abilities and shoot a form of mental blast. With the mental abilities that are the twin-stick shooter aspect of the game. Enemies will have an orange (physical) or purple (mental) health bar above their heads. In order to kill them quickly, you need to use the matching colors attacks. There were quite a few enemies that you had to use both natures in order to win.
This Game Takes Its Puzzles Serious
Before I talk about the boss battle that required some serious focus. The puzzles will kick your butt. The puzzles in this game require you to use both physical and mental natures. Some puzzles require timing while others will need precision and patients. I had to activate three tiers of moving walls in order to create an opening to shoot a target. Then the marble/boulder moving puzzles, I struggle with puzzles but I was able to complete them so they were not impossible. Do understand that they will be a core part of Batora: Lost Haven.
Finally, the boss fight was multilayered and required the use of all abilities learned up to that point. While also dodging the environmental dangers. A solid fight with multiple attack patterns from the boss made it difficult but enjoyable.
Overall based on the demo this game has the potential to be something enjoyable. The voice acting, dialogue, tough choices, while having solid gameplay will carry this title far. If you are into twin-stick shooters and hack-and-slash games this will be right up your alley. I imagine Batora: Lost Haven will have multiple endings and for sure different playstyles. There is no official release date but it is planned for 2022. Go and wishlist this title on steam if it has caught your eye.
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