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  • Summary: Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is a snarky action-adventure puzzle game with a good dose of humor. Explore hundreds of secret-filled rooms, fight big bosses, gather companions for your party and use the powers of Pip -your bat buddy- to solve puzzles and escape the eldritch abyss.
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  1. Oct 28, 2020
    90
    Minor control and performance quibbles aside, you don’t need a keen sense of echolocation to see that Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is an exceptional addition to the Switch library. With killer presentation, an exciting world to explore, and a unique approach to its puzzle-solving mechanics, it’s a must-have for any fan of the Metroidvania genre. If you’re even remotely interested in these types of games, I can’t recommend picking this one up enough.
  2. 75
    Batbarian is a tight package that blends 2D pixel art Metroidvania with a modern day humor aesthetic. It may be a mouthful but it brings a lot to the table. The art and music style bring the jams of the retro age as well as its storytelling and humor bring a modern sensibility. Despite the occasional difficulty spike (which can be adjusted with assists), Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is a game worth trying out. If only to see what’s really going on in that cave.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    70
    Batbarian does more than enough to stand out from the crowd. The game contains its fair share of funny moments, has a beautiful art style, and a great soundtrack. There’s also plenty of content, with more than a dozen hours of gameplay and hundreds of rooms to explore. However, it is the light-based mechanic that truly sets it apart, allowing the developer to design some innovative puzzles that really get the gray matter working. That makes Batbarian easy to recommend to metroidvania and puzzle lovers alike, and it's worth a look for those who aren't well-versed in either but enjoy innovation and balanced play.
  4. Nov 18, 2020
    70
    I had no idea what it was about or how difficult it would be, and Batbarian proved to be a welcome surprise on both counts. It felt like an adventure from beginning to end, and there’s no way to fault that. The level of challenge won’t be to everyone’s liking, but for those who do like this sort of thing, then Batbarian is a game that will give the player a run for their money. It’s hard, but never unfair, and it lures the player onward with an interesting plot and retro graphics. This one stands as an example of what a good indie developer can do with a classic game genre, breathing life into it and making it their own.
  5. Dec 15, 2020
    70
    Batbarian wades into the Metroidvania genre with enjoyable exploration, tricky and inventive puzzle mechanics, and an array of impressive accessibility options. A more helpful map that included signposting would make this a real Metroidvania highlight, but it still comes highly recommended for fans of the genre.
  6. Nov 20, 2020
    70
    Both fun and frustrating in proportionate doses, Batbarian also knows how to welcome new players and allure them into its thin but fun plot and towards its management of skills and commands in such a way that players will find themselves returning time and again.
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  1. Oct 26, 2020
    10
    This game is just goodness all around....if you love action platforms you will love this. Also very well priced for the content you get loveThis game is just goodness all around....if you love action platforms you will love this. Also very well priced for the content you get love love love it Expand