Parents' Guide to

Alwa's Awakening

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classically designed action that's fun and challenging.

Game Windows 2017
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Old-school action platforming never looked so fresh and fun. Alwa's Awakening pays homage to the past while pulling the classic style into the present. It has a bright look that delivers an arcade platform-jumping adventure that's challenging, but it scores on the intuitive and fun fronts as well. It also encourages exploration and trial and error. For example, the game has save points that might just be found in the next room of this massive world, but there are no real indications of where they might be, so dying is just a restart-and-repeat affair. Knock out a platform that you used to jump across a chasm before falling down to the room below? No worries -- just duck back into the previous room, and the room above resets. It's nice, but it hardly leads to replayability; the rooms aren't randomly generated. Then again, this is a sandbox-style game with no set path that must be followed.

The visuals are a nice tribute to the old style of games, as are the music and plot points. This is a game best played with a gamepad. Otherwise players will fumble through each room, and it can become laborious. But gamepad controls are intuitive, and the title itself should have broad age appeal. Alwa's Awakening is delightful, if you appreciate what it represents. The old 8-bit style may not be everyone's cup of gaming, but for those who don't dwell on photo-realistic graphics, this game delivers an almost innocent bit of fun.

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