How Do You Like Them Apples?
Norwegian developer Agelvik partners with indie publisher Ratalaika Games to bring Apple Slash to Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation this month. The game originally started life in 2019 as a short passion project.
Our story begins with you leaving your home in a small village. Your brother is waiting for you. When you talk to him, he says that there are monsters popping up and causing trouble, and maybe you should go and check it out. It doesn’t take long to realise that he was right and you are fortunate to have your trusty blade attack.
The game’s layout is a top-down isometric view and when you are wandering around the game’s swampy environment it can be a little rough to navigate through the areas, due to a lot of the areas between destinations looking beautiful but “samey”, as is often the case with games using this basic colour scheme. You will have to rely on memorisation or just stumbling around with an “I think it was somewhere around here” mindset while searching for how to unlock an area.
The enemies will populate an area and repopulate almost as soon as you clear it, so while not so helpful in navigation, it is helpful because enemies drop gems when they die. The gems are good for building up your health recharge and your power meter for combo attacks. You will need both because though the enemies are cute, they are deadly and will put your apple slashing to the test.
As you go, you will earn upgraded attacks
You will need them to help you manage and dispense of the ever re-spawning enemies. The new attacks don’t seem to offer so much in the way of power but they do help quite a bit with attack range, allowing you to clear out enemies further away and in bigger areas. The upgraded attacks will also help you to access new areas. Attacks will get you across water-filled gaps and through the thick overgrowth. Most importantly the attacks look and feel cool in action.
Apple Slash is a short but appropriately priced romp of a game. It is fun and cute and even has a little bit of a surprise thrown in there. The visual aesthetic and the music overflow with charm and easily overpower any shortcoming the game may have and will keep you coming back. For such a small package, Agelvik has managed to squeeze in a bunch of fun. If you’re looking for a sweet little budget game, Apple Slash will be the apple of your eye.
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Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 30/07/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Arcade, Action, Adventure
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop