Celestial Mechanica – Review

Celestial Mechanica

developed by Roger Hicks and Paul Veer

Celestial Mechanica website

Fans of oldschool games such as Metroid, or the retro indie game Cave Story, have a new game to make them happy.  Celestial Mechanica is one of the latest Action / Puzzle / Platformers by indie developers Roger Hicks and Paul Veer.  It’s a classicly styled game that plays like a Metroidvania and is reminiscent of the action games I adored, way back during the mid 80’s to early 90’s on my NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis.

The gameplay is simple and straight forward.  Unfortunately, some people have the bad habit of mistaking simple with “easy”.  Celestial Mechanica is simple, but it is not easy.  The levels are strewn with environmental hazards and enemies.  Each area of the game is a labyrinth of obstacles and puzzles.  Thankfully, there are various power-ups scattered throughout the levels granting our silent protagonist new abilities necessary for overcoming these obstacles.

Though the game is difficult, the difficulty is balanced by complimenting the gameplay with tight controls and giving the player an unlimited amount of lives.  When you die, you never respawn very far from where you entered the area that you are in.  It’s because of this balance that Celestial Mechanica is never too frustrating.  Exploration and discovery, coupled with the tight controls, make the gameplay satisfying, rewarding, and fun.

Celestial Mechanica looks and sounds great.  It’s definitely got a retro vibe about it.  The character sprites are detailed and well animated while the levels and backgrounds are varied and colourful.  It looks like the type of game you would find among the best of the NES and SNES library.  The audio is fantastic as well.  The soundtrack is very fitting and definitely worth listening to by itself.  In fact, if you’re a fan of the music you can buy the full soundtrack from the Celestial Mechanica website.  If that wasn’t enough, you can sample the individual audio tracks and purchase each one separately.

Celestial Mechanica is an extremely enjoyable experience.  The journey isn’t a very long one, but the adventure is lot of fun while it lasts. You don’t have to be a fan of classic style NES, SNES, or Sega Genesis games to appreciate this title.  If you’re an action / puzzle fan that likes platforming adventures then you should definitely pick this charming little title up.  You can purchase the full game for the low price of $5.00.  It’s well worth the investment and you’d be doing yourself a favor by picking it up rather than spending that amount on a couple cups of coffee or junk food.

You can buy the game for the PC or Mac from the Celestial Mechanica website.  Be sure to check out the soundtrack while you’re at it!

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