ax­iom verge

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - OX INVESTIGATES -

Lov­ingly retro, yet de­vi­ously sel­f­ref­er­en­tial, this in­die Metroid trib­ute de­lights in sub­vert­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of genre fans with its creative ar­se­nal of un­lock­able abil­i­ties. It even in­cor­po­rates de­lib­er­ate glitches and bugs true to the NES era of games devel­op­ment. A true labour of love, it was cre­ated in five years by Tom Happ, who made ev­ery as­pect of the game en­tirely by him­self – though you’d never guess it from the scope and am­bi­tion of the game’s chill­ing alien world. Ax­iom Verge ex­em­pli­fies the way in­die Metroid­va­nias can be both true to their in­flu­ences, and wildly creative in their own right.

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