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  • Summary: Ink and blood stain the streets of Ramezia. Witches must burn and sins must be judged. Venture forth as Sister Semilla to burn down the pillars of heresy in Minoria, an action-platformer by Bombservice, creators of Momodora.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 27, 2019
    80
    Minoria is another strong game from Bombservice. Although it isn't necessarily better than their last, it's an enjoyable experience with great controls, good art, and an interesting story.
  2. Sep 10, 2019
    78
    Minoria is a very solid adventured that revolves around exploration and combat. It is a step forward compared to its predecessor, so if you enjoyed the Momodora series, make sure you check it out.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    For the spiritual sequel of the Momodora games, Minoria doesn't really do much to separate itself from them, or add some new mechanics. For some that won't be a problem. Those thirty for more of the same will definitely enjoy this short, marvellously gloomy, and pleasantly unforgiving journey. Undoubtedly, it has a pretty strong, unique charm, and it's far from mediocre, but it's safe to say that much better metroidvania alternatives exist out there.
  5. Sep 11, 2019
    70
    While Minoria is far from perfect, it does show a lot of promise for future titles. Minoria is not connected to the Momodora for a few reasons, but it’s clear Bombservice wanted to try some new things within the Metroidvania framework and it succeeds in some aspects but needs work in others. If anything, Minoria makes me excited for a Minoria 2, where a lot of the wrinkles are ironed out and all of the gameplay mechanics gel together better.
  6. Sep 3, 2019
    65
    Minoria may not be Bombservice’s best game to date, but it may still be worth a look for action platformer fans looking for a challenge. Though its combat feels more frustrating than satisfying at times, the fundamentals of its swordplay are still solid. Add to that its excellent art and music, and there’s a lot to like here if you can overlook its underdeveloped story and exploration.
  7. Aug 27, 2019
    60
    Minoria is an uneven game that will serve as a rainy day Metroidvania if you can't get your fill.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 13, 2019
    9
    Minoria is the successor to Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, which I also recommend. Minoria, like its predecessor exists in theMinoria is the successor to Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, which I also recommend. Minoria, like its predecessor exists in the ever-increasing middle-ground between MetroidVanias and Souls-likes. It is an exploration MetroidVania with a large emphasis on sword combat in the vein of souls. Think Hollow Knight but more dark souls and less Metroid. There’s no stamina meter or corpse running but every slash and dodge matters. Each combat encounter is a unique puzzle box that you have to overcome. Enemies will slice you up in two hits so you’ll have to explore the world for upgrades, play carefully, and use everything at your disposal. I really loved this game, as I did Momodora.

    PRO
    + Level design seems much better here. There are 5 areas and you mostly play them in order, but within each area, things are very open exploratory. The world is a joy to explore. Momodora had more areas but they were short and linear. There’s a lot of backtracking about halfway in and even that is handled amazingly well
    + Crunchy combat. If you liked Momo, you’ll love this. I-frame dodging and estus are back, now with counters and a leveling system. 2 Swords to choose from and tons of magic abilities. Again every action counts. It’s hard but always fair and satisfying, a line that few action games walk successfully
    + Visuals. No more pixel art. In its place is 3D cel-shaded character models with 2D watercolor-style backgrounds. Kinda reminds me of new super Mario or sonic 4 but with way more style and atmosphere
    + Soundtrack. It’s freaking incredible. Somber anime piano music all the way
    + Story. It’s a lot more involved this time but it still keeps things brief and lets you play. The collectible documents are great too and I rarely ever read these in games

    CON
    - Magic swapping. This might be a nitpick but I don’t like how you can pause and changed your 3 equipped magic spells at any time. You can rotate through your dozen or so spells and use all of them the maximum times. It feels like cheating and I don’t think the game was designed around it. The cursed estus flak in particular really made the game too easy, as I could heal 3 more times once my main estus ran out with no tradeoff. I wish you could only swap at save points
    - Frame Drops. These happened a lot for me. I eventually stopped noticing but even with the resolution on sub-SD it would still happen so I don’t think it’s my computer
    - More environment variety. Like I said, the level design is better here but the visual component of that is less awesome. Most of the game takes place in a castle and most rooms within each area look and feel the same. I think Momodora was a little better in that regard.

    Overall, it's an excellent combat-focused MetroidVania. I think I liked Momodora a tiny bit more. Minoria is a grander game in its visuals, size, and combat-complexity but it falters a bit because of these things.
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