Song­bringer

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

(XO/PS4/PC) HHH Age: 12+

This is Zelda with a ran­dom el­e­ment mar­ried to gor­geous pixel art. It weaves a kooky story around 2D dun­geon ex­plo­ration and some pun­ish­ing com­bat, invit­ing the player into a psy­che­delic world of weird mon­sters and cod New Age phi­los­o­phy on a pe­cu­liar pix­e­lated planet.

It gets a lit­tle repet­i­tive but Song­bringer’s big trick is that when you start a new game, ev­ery­thing — lev­els, gear, en­e­mies — gets ran­domised for you to start afresh. Some in­stances prove more in­ter­est­ing than oth­ers and it can be too tempt­ing to hit re­set if the world lacks pizazz.

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