Alwa's Awakening (PC) review
"Alwa's Awakening has much to offer, but tedious backtracking and a late-game difficulty spike prove bothersome."
Alwa's Awakening is a sidescrolling platformer that introduces Zoe, a normal girl who was summoned to the magical kingdom of Alwa to save it from an evil menace known as the Vicar. The game looks, sounds and often plays like a first-rate adventure from the final days of the 8-bit era, which makes it just about perfect for a very specific audience.
I've gotten to the end of many a review and realized that I didn't say anything about the soundtrack, but Alwa's Awakening wasn't about to let me do that. I started my time with the game by heading to the Settings screen to see what all I could tweak. As I turned on windowed mode, an awesome tune assailed me. I couldn't help but stop to listen to it for a bit. Then I started the proper adventure, and immediately there was more good music. The game is full of the stuff, I discovered. Each new area features a different composition, and I genuinely love most of them. That's not a compliment I offer lightly, either; a lot of games from all eras inspire me to mute the volume after an hour or two.
Staff review by Jason Venter (February 15, 2017)
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