Parents' Guide to

Axiom Verge

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Side-scroller with mild blood revels in old-school action.

Game PlayStation 4, Windows 2015
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You'll find plenty to like about Axiom Verge, especially is you're a fan of retro gaming. Its 16-bit style is beautiful and authentic without being wholly chained to the past, as evidenced by a cool, decidedly modern explosion effect that occurs when boss enemies are defeated. The range of weapons and gadgets is impressively diverse, including a mini-drone you can control remotely to explore large swaths of areas away from the hero. Even earning a power as seemingly simple as the ability to jump higher can open up many new exploration possibilities. Plus, the action feels great. Movement is natural and intuitive, and once you get the hang of aiming (you need to press a button to lock your position to target enemies below your hero), combat becomes quite compelling.

However, certain elements of the game's old-school design occasionally get in the way of the fun. There's no teleportation system, for example, which means if you want to go back to an area you visited a while back you could be faced with a 15- or 20-minute journey through spaces you've already explored, many of which will have regenerated enemies. Plus, trying to find Axiom Verge's countless hidden locations and secrets requires the patience to do things such as repeatedly fire off your drill and defragmentor in each new place you visit to see if either is capable of revealing anything. It's a terrific bit of retro gaming, but it may not be for all tastes.

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