- The pixel art style looks great and really makes the game come alive. It also makes you become attached to the characters, which is great.
- I love the simplicity of the game, especially when it comes to the controls. The controls are easy to learn and remain responsive throughout.
- The puzzles in the game have been done really well and have decent amount of variety to them, which in turn makes the game more fun.
- The game handles the upgrades and levelling up system really well and they do a very good job of making the game feel rewarding when a new ability is unlocked.
- I enjoyed the story in the game and I liked the humour that was thrown in. It’s a charming little tale that stays interesting throughout.
- The game is pretty short in terms of length. You get the feeling that it’s over before it’s begun, which is a shame.
- I found the combat in the game to be very lacklustre. Everything about the combat just gives off a generic feel.
- The game unfortunately suffers with a lack of replay value, and once completed it gives you no reason to return.
All in all as far as Metroidvania style games go Mystik Belle is a pretty decent addition to the genre. Unfortunately in terms of length it’s a little short so don’t expect to have hours and hours with this game, but the content that is here has been done really well. The game never tries to be too complicated, and that is evident with the simple and responsive controls. Having simple easy to play controls makes you be able to focus on the puzzles and the action taking place on screen. The puzzles in the game are very cleverly designed and require some thought at times, which makes the game more fun. I was however a little disappointed with the platforming and combat elements. The combat just feels generic and nothing really stood out, which made fighting very tedious at times. They do however do a good job with the level-up system, and they make it feel very rewarding because there are a number of abilities for you to unlock and each ability improves you somewhat. The story in the game was good and it did a good job of enhancing the gameplay, but unfortunately once you complete the game there is no reason for you to return, which is a shame. The presentation side of the game is brilliant. The pixel art style makes the game come alive, and does a wonderful job of making you connect with the charming characters. All in all Mystik Belle may not be the perfect Metroidvania style game, but it has a number of things going for it. It’s managed to implement creative puzzles into an adventure that keeps you interested throughout, which is great. It does suffer with a few problems here and there, but it combats them with a decent story and an adventure worth taking part in. If you like games with a very retro feel then you will love Mystik Belle, and it gets a recommendation from me.
I rate Mystik Belle 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Last Dimension
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date (Xbox One): October 3, 2017