A terrible curse has befallen your mom, and it’s up to you to save the day in The Hidden Levels and Galope’s new throwback platformer Ravva and the Cyclops Curse. Featuring graphics and action straight out of an eight bit platformer, does it manage to feel more like a timeless classic or an antiquated relic?

Ravva and the Cyclops Curse Review

Things start out on a sour note right at the offset. A powerful summoner went toe-to-toe with a cyclops lord, but was turned to stone after she did not surrender her powers. Her child, known as Ravva, seeks out to remove the curse and take down the cyclops once and for all.

Ravva packs with it a unique retro aesthetic. The cutscenes, graphics, music, and gameplay would be right at home on an NES cartridge, managing to be nostalgic yet fresh at the same time. What is here is incredibly polished, and manages to make an impression with both its prowess and its personality.

To help Ravva save the day in this platforming adventure, players will be able to utilize one of four different spirits. Each has a different ability; the blue one freezes enemies in their tracks, the red one fires at an angle, the green one breaks certain tiles and deals heavy damage, and the yellow one can be used to find hidden items.

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All four come in handy and must be used religiously, which is both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness. While it is nice to have this variety, switching between these different options slows the pace of the game down a bit. When there are portals spewing an endless amount of enemies, flying heads roving around, and spikes on almost every surface, getting to the option you need takes a fair bit of time.

As a result, the game can see more of a methodical pace. Early levels are straightforward affairs, with only a bit of backtracking being the worst offense. However, later stages prove to be surprisingly challenging, with timing and positioning of the upmost importance. Ravva takes one hit before dying, and though respawns happen in the same spot with a brief period of invincibility, it can prove to be a tough affair. Losing all of your lives just means restarting to the beginning of the stage, so those who are a bit more green in the genre need not worry.

Those that make it to the end of the title will see everything Ravva and the Cyclops Curse in around an hour and a half. This title never overstays its welcome, despite its difficulty.

Ravva and the Cyclops Curse is a throwback that successfully captures both the aesthetics and the difficulty of titles from the era. Those weaned on the more challenging titles of old will appreciate what this platformer brings to the table.

This review of Ravva and the Cyclops Curse was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
Ravva and the Cyclops Curse Review

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