Developer: ORANGE POPCORN
Publisher: ORANGE POPCORN
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 14/07/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
HunterX is a 2D Metroidvania that sees you fighting your way through hordes of demons and monsters.
You assume control of Tsuki, a demon hunter, who finds a portal to a demon realm on the night of a purple moon. It’s up to her to close the crack and save the world.
This is the story in a nutshell. There is not much after you find this out. In fact HunterX starts with you dropped into the world and you’re left to wander about and kill things.
You Know What Your Getting
HunterX follows the same general path of all Metroidvania games. You start off with a basic move set and as you progress, you will unlock new abilities. These abilities morph you in to a demon filleting machine. There is also a level up system that will see you increase your stats like in an RPG.
The level up system works like you find in a souls game. As you kill demon’s you get Karma. Once enough karma is gained, it is possible to level up stats with each level needs more Karma. It also acts as the in game currency to buy items.
Skills also have their own level up system. When leveling up a skill, Tsuki first needs a core skill. These are gained by defeating bosses. While progressing, Tsuki will collect Keystones. Keystones are used to level up the supplementary skills for the core skill.
Tsuki will need to traverse through different dungeons and take on different enemies. While having to solve different puzzles, unlock different short cuts, unlock doors and kill bosses.
The boss fights are the highlight of the action. Each being an individual design and mechanics that will have Tsuki learning the attack patterns, while picking opportunities to attack. They are not pushovers. Each will need Tsuki to be on guard.
Overall, HunterX is a fast-paced slick game that has long of action to have any Metriodvania fan entertained. When the added addition of a massive skill tree.
The biggest flaw is that HunterX does not break the mold enough. But is still worth playing.