Imp of the Sun Review

When the word “2D platformer” comes to mind, many think instantly of the classics. Mario is the first that comes to mind, followed closely by the more recent Ori gamesand in the Indie department, Celeste and maybe Super Meat Boy. Imp of the Sun is a game that doesn’t quite reach the peaks of these games, but it does deserve at least a mention in the best new platformers around.

Imp of the Sun is a delightful blend of platformer and puzzler, and it arrives in a crowded genre, but still manages to stand out. Slightly imprecise combat and frustrating boss battles hold it back from being at the top of the pile, but Imp’s platforming fun and puzzling intrigue utilise the game’s unique mechanics to make for a truly memorable experience. Imp of the Sun is short, but it’s all the sweeter for it.

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My first impression of Imp was the cartoonish, but well done, art style. Think pastel colors, with standout oranges and greens, with the darker areas having bright, spooky blues and stoney grays. This art style does the game many favors, as it allows the world to feel pretty but slightly muted, and this makes the flaming orange of your character, Nin, feel all the more standout. The cartoonish art style also allows Imp of the Sun to run smoothly, with a rock solid 60 frames throughout, even during the more effect heavy sequences. Overall, the performance and appearance of this game is very successful, managing to stand out while staying more low key.

There’s not a story here that’s aimed to match games like Ori And The Blind Forest, but there is a basic plot being told as you move through the game. The basics of it are that there’s an eternal eclipse, as the fire of the sun has been stolen by four guardians. Your job as a creature of the sun, an Imp, is to retrieve these four fragments of fire by defeating four powerful beings, and stopping the eclipse. It’s enough window dressing to keep you interested and compliments the game’s puzzles, which really are excellent.

Puzzles in Imp of the Sun are simple, but fun. They’re generally a mix of platforming challenges and problem solving. The way the developers mix these things together, however, is where all the fun of Imp comes through. To successfully create a puzzle while keeping a fast paced game rhythm and platforming difficulty is no easy task. Imp of the Sun, however, manages to almost perfectly balance all of these things at once. Its puzzles are generally layered things, with the open world being used to disguise the fact that there are basically a small number of large levels, rather than one big interconnected world.

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Each puzzle can be sections of, or in a few cases, the entire level, all interconnected by a theme or method of solving a particular problem. It’s incredibly satisfying to complete one part of the challenge, successfully unlocking the next piece of the puzzle and progressing to the next zone. A big part of these puzzles is combat, and the enemies that come with it, and these add even more to the challenge the game provides.

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