Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is an adventure game with metroidvania gameplay, combined with many gameplay elements from other genres. The game experience opens quite quickly when the main character falls freely into a dark cave divided into many different rooms. Your goal is quite simple, just find a way out of the cave intact. However, the dark space in the cave with many pitfalls makes overcoming a series of enemies a challenge.
The gameplay of Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is quite familiar if you’ve ever experienced any metroidvania before. The biggest difference is that the main character only has some basic actions such as attacking, throwing items to open a switch or “tricking” your bat teammate Pip for the purpose of puzzles and jumping. Basically, Pip is quite similar to Pepelogoo mechanism in Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, but the player does not have the ability to control this character directly, but must indirectly through the berry.
Pip loves berry so it always follows this left through your throw with the right analog stick. Each type of fruit has a different function. Some cause Pip to move in a certain direction, some force it to stay and stay there for a short time, while others command it to attack the target. The combination of them makes Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials no less challenging. In fact, it is the design of this simple gameplay mechanism that keeps the game experience fresh.
On the other hand, it also makes the puzzle element in the game unique, requiring players to think creatively instead of being stereotyped as many names of the same genre on the market today. That’s not to mention the number of secrets hidden throughout the levels that also require the player’s keen eye and analytical ability to approach. The pitfalls are many and come with puzzles that you have to solve. Most of the solutions are not obvious and need brainstorming, but the rewards are worth the effort for helping to raise the character’s stats.
Combat in Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is pretty basic as well. In addition to attack with weapons, players can use combat tools such as bombs or spells. In particular, the companion Pip bat not only assists in the scene but also in combat. However, due to the limited number of actions and depending on the amount of berry you collect, it cannot be used comfortably. However, players can still “plow” the above item because the rooms in the cave always return to their original state every time they return.
Notably, the simple character action design makes Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials accessible to a large number of players. The scene aspect also does not require high accuracy, especially when jumping between moving points. Therefore, the game experience does not cause many difficulties even with the notoriously inaccurate Joy-Con controller. Not to mention that if you have difficulty in certain segments, there are also a series of Assist options in the menu that you can “cheat”. This is actually a welcome point of the game.
Diverse enemies are another plus point of Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials. From insects, worms to legendary monsters like ghosts and werewolves, there is enough. Each type of enemy has a different attack, helping to keep the combat experience exciting from start to finish. Killing enemies earns experience points to level up the character, which helps to raise ATK, Defense and Cognitive stats through mini-games. The perception in this case is the vision in the dark of the cave and the golden drop rate.
Of course, Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is far from perfect, but the game’s problems are small and more personal. It is the story told in the game that is narrated through the episodes spaced out between the playing time is quite long. This is especially true for perfectionist players who want to uncover all the secrets of the level. In return, the interesting plus point is the humorous element that takes place continuously every time you chat with the characters in the game experience.
So does the audiovisual element of Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials. Despite owning a pixelated image, everything is very detailed, especially the background scene in the cave with delicate carvings that are sometimes blurred according to the player’s experience. The music is also quite excellent when it comes to bringing the right tone to the game experience. Massive amount of content plus countless secrets hidden everywhere, more than enough for you to take no less than half a day of experience to complete and even more if you want to discover them all.
After all, Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials offers an exhilarating 2D adventure experience. The game has a great combination of beautiful pixel graphics style with excellent music, creative puzzle ideas, especially funny and equally challenging. Unless you have a bias against pixel graphics, this is definitely an extremely worthy name that those who love this genre cannot ignore.
Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Developer: DANGEN Entertainment
Developer: Unspeakable Pixels
The article uses games supported by the publisher and played on Nintendo Switch.
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