The Nintendo Switch is getting a lot of really good indie titles and Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition by Raw Fury and developer Long Hat House is one of those titles. This is actually a game that came out about two years ago but this new version adds tons of new content and enhancements to the original. Those who already own the previous game will get these updates for free.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition delivers a gripping adventure of action and exploration. Your world desperately needs a hero to rise up as a ray of light in the darkest of times. Break the laws of physics with an innovative movement system that lets you fling across surfaces in all directions. Uncover the mysteries of a world crafted with beautiful pixel art on a quest to restore freedom to all those in need.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition is a Metroidvania style game with many similarities to those two games. However it also adds its own unique twist to the genre mainly in how your character moves around the map. Usually in these types of games, you’re limited in your movements mainly because of gravity. However in Dandara, you’re limited to the surface that is in your direct line of sight. You see, you can’t walk or run in this game. All you can do is jump from wall to wall in a straight line and on surfaces that it allows you to stick to. That makes navigating this world a bit tricky and it’s also very easy to lose track of what is actually right side up and upside down.
A lot of what you’ll be doing in the game is exploration. Like any good Metrodvania game, there is a lot to uncover, a lot of back and forth to unlock different parts of the map, and of course there are plenty of enemies and boss characters to defeat. Combat isn’t too difficult starting out but as you progress, it’ll get more difficult but luckily you can unlock new power-ups and weapons to help you along the way.
You will also die a lot in this game, especially early on. Dying usually means losing all your “salt” you collect in the game, which you use to purchase upgrades. Luckily you can go back to where you last perished and recover your lost salt. However if you die again before doing that, that salt will disappear forever unable to be retrieved again. Speaking of death, you’ll usually respawn back at the last checkpoint flag or campsite.
Now that the gameplay is out of the way, lets talk about the graphics. Dandara’s art style is very reminiscent of of those older games that it takes its inspiration from. There’s a very distinct retro look to it but I think it is very well suited for this game. It adds to the charm and character of the game as well as gives it some style.
Story wise, I’m not going to spoil anything. Most of the story is given to you in bits and pieces so it’s best that you discover it on your own. Half the fun of the game is uncovering everything yourself and I would not dare take that enjoyment away from you.
For those who already own the game, you’re probably wondering what the new Trials of Fear Edition includes that is new. You can check out the full list below.
- Enter the Hidden Realms — Trials of Fear adds three new areas to explore, a big new boss, new powers for your hero, new music tracks, a bonus “secret” ending, and tons of quality-of-life updates.
- Uncover the Salt — A whole new focus on story, fleshing out the lore of the world of Salt. Find bonus descriptions, dialogue and cutscenes for both new and existing characters and locations!
- Boundless Exploration — Traverse lovingly crafted environments with fast, fluid jumps in all dimensions, unhindered by gravity.
- Innovative Controls — Seamless blending between movement and combat, with controls built natively for both gamepad and touchscreen inputs.
- Challenging Progression — Test your speed, skill, wits and reflexes by solving puzzles, earning power-ups, and accessing unexplored areas with your new abilities.
- Beautiful, Immersive World — Discover an audiovisual wonderland that comes to life with gorgeous pixel art and original soundtrack compositions.
Remember too, if you already own the original game, you’ll get all of this for free as an update do the game you already own.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition is a solid entry in the Metroidvania genre and brings some unique elements into it. It does also combine a lot of great ideas from other games and manages to combine them into a rather fun and challenging game. You have exploration, combat, a rather deep story that needs to be uncovered, as well as the aura of death nipping at your heels.
So should you buy Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition? I think so. Those who enjoy Metroidvania type games will surely enjoy this. There’s a lot to do in this game and it’s challenging enough where you won’t just shoot through the entire game in an hour. The gameplay and story on its own keeps things quite interesting and I believe it’s well worth picking up.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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