Revita is a 2D platforming roguelite twin-stick shooter from small indie developer BenStar. You play as a younger blue-haired youngster, who awakens on the metro with no recollection of who they’re. When leaving the practice, you might be confronted with a protracted journey of self-discovery as you ascend an ominous clocktower in the hunt for your misplaced recollections. Alongside the way in which you’ll expertise some very hard-hitting themes corresponding to psychological well being points, grief, melancholy, loss, and suicide.
The clocktower is break up into a number of themed areas, every consisting of a complete of 15 rooms and a difficult boss struggle, based mostly on the phases of grief. In typical roguelite type, you might be offered with procedurally generated rooms and flooring crammed with a wide range of fascinating creatures, slimes, maggots, flies, cultists, frogs, bees, mushrooms, and geese. Every enemy not solely has totally different actions and assaults however may also drop souls that’ll allow you to replenish your well being.
The place Revita actually shines is with its distinctive threat/reward mechanic, utilizing well being as the primary foreign money. You’ll must gamble together with your life within the intention of changing into stronger. The objects in Revita are so nicely designed that it makes you wish to take each single one, nonetheless you could make sacrifices to outlive. It actually makes you cease and assume by means of each resolution fastidiously earlier than committing to it: must you sacrifice three hearts for a 20 per cent harm improve? Must you open this chest for a single coronary heart? Or must you simply save your well being for the boss struggle forward? Being grasping actually doesn’t repay right here however managing your well being accurately will be very pleasurable and is extraordinarily satisfying when completely deliberate, leaving you inside an inch from dying.
You’ll be beginning and ending every run in Memoria Station, which is able to turn into a bustling hub of exercise as you progress and unlock new characters, weapons, objects, and secrets and techniques. The huge array of unlocks and secrets and techniques in Revita is astounding.
It’s not solely Revita’s design that shines right here because the pleasing presentation polishes off this package deal completely. There is a easy however cutesy pixel artwork type and a few gloriously stress-free background music, which can have you buzzing away even when not taking part in — it’s the entire package deal.
Revita is a straightforward to choose up however robust to grasp twin-stick shooter, offered with beautiful visuals and catchy music. It’s addictive gameplay loop, balanced threat/reward mechanics, and abundance of content material places it in sturdy competitors with the largest and finest within the style (The Binding of Isaac, Lifeless Cells, and Enter the Gungeon) for the highest spot.