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A member registered Nov 05, 2022

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Fantastic Voyage, but make it Giger.

First of all, games are art, and art is subjective and every choice made by the developers has some meaning. Any criticisms I levy are from my personal experiences with the game and your own experience may vary. Major props to heaven's guard and everyone else who worked on this game.

TL;DR - As a whole, greasemnk by heaven's guard is overall a very  interesting experience that kept me hooked until the end, despite it's flawed game play.

Pros -

  • Overall great aesthetic
    • Look is unique
    • Music is fantastic for the setting, final boss music is a bop.
    • Environment design is simple, but the subtle 3D effects are great
  • Setting and story are interesting and kept me hooked longer than the game itself should have (more on that below)
  • Battle system has real potential (that's not realized)
  • Would really love to see many elements of this game expanded into a longer experience.

Cons -

  • Difficulty level is steep, and not in a way that feels good to overcome. If the story hadn't intrigued me I would have dropped the game after the first few battles. The accuracy rate of both the player AND the enemy are criminally low. Low accuracy rates are a cardinal sin in RPG's because they just don't feel good. Even if you're making the right tactical choices, a poorly timed miss could completely ruin a fight, forcing a reload.
  • Battle system is obtuse but, again, not in a way that feels rewarding to unravel. Trial and error is required to figure out which abilities to use when. Thankfully, the game does allow the player to change their loadout during battle for free, but it's best to just restart once you've figured it out.
  • Limited number of battles and items can soft lock the player if they're not careful with their restorative items.
  • It's just plain unfun to go back and save before every fight just to have to reload and see if you get luckier with attacks and misses.

Overall, greasemnk has a fascinating narrative, but can only be enjoyed by the most patient of players.