12/10/2020

๐Ÿน Valentina | Nintendo Switch | Review | "A Micro-Budget Title From Brazil" ๐Ÿน #GameDev #IndieGames

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Currently 89p on the Switch eShop, Valentina is very much priced correctly in term of what it offers players. 

A Brazilian platformer, Valentina tells the story (through broken English) of our titular heroine as she bows-and--arrowses (definitely a term) her way through a 2D world to destroy the encroaching Dark Empire over 40 stages of action.
Valentina is an extremely basic game which very much feels like the first release of a minuscule team but that doesn’t mean it’s without its charms. 
Yes, the music may be generic and played in short loops, levels feel achingly similar to each other and progress is rigid but the game does have a certain addictive quality that kept me playing for a while, definitely until I got my 89p’s worth.

If you decide to pick up Valentina, I would emphasise that this is a very basic game with rudimentary gameplay. 
The odd balances in the game, such as a total lack of checkpoints in the stages and yet an abundance of health potions (all falls are instant kills and easily the biggest obstacle), money (with nothing to spend it on) and the various arrows that feel almost purely aesthetic, are hard to ignore but it does feel like a game that could act as an introduction to a younger gamer that is getting to grips with the basics of 2D gameplay although it’s simplicity and relative lack of challenge does make its appeal very niche.

❄️๐Ÿ’ฆ RATING: MELTING ❄️๐Ÿ’ฆ


Ratings Explained

ICE COOL (Great Game Recommended)

MELTING (Recommended with reservations, one to consider if you are a fan of the genre)

MELTED (Not A Recommended Purchase)



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