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  • Summary: Chasm is a 2D Action-RPG Platformer currently in development for Windows, Mac, & Linux. Taking equal inspiration from hack 'n slash dungeon crawlers (procedurally generated dungeons, loot drops, etc) and Metroidvania-style platformers, the game aims to immerse you in its 2D fantasy worldChasm is a 2D Action-RPG Platformer currently in development for Windows, Mac, & Linux. Taking equal inspiration from hack 'n slash dungeon crawlers (procedurally generated dungeons, loot drops, etc) and Metroidvania-style platformers, the game aims to immerse you in its 2D fantasy world full of exciting treasure, deadly enemies, and abundant secrets.

    Players take up the role of a soldier passing through a remote mining town on their journey home from a long war. The town's miners have recently disappeared after breaching a long-forgotten temple far below the town, and reawakened an ancient slumbering evil. Now trapped in the town by supernatural forces, you're left with no option but to explore the mines below, battle enemies and bosses, and increase your abilities in hopes of finally escaping and returning home.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 90
    This world is a joy to get lost in and thanks to the unique take on procedural design, it offers a multitude of ways to re-experience the game even after completion. Aside from some minor issues with the ho-hum traversal upgrades, Chasm is an inspired take on a well-worn genre. If you long for the days of annual Igavanias, Chasm’s one of the better modern stabs at that glory.
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    The tense fights leave you with sweaty palms and an elevated heart rate, keeping you glued to the action as you venture ever deeper below ground.
  3. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    80
    The latest in an ever-burgeoning line of Metroidvania games being released on the Switch, and a rather good one at that! [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 20]
  4. Oct 16, 2018
    78
    Bit Kid has made the game stand out in a world full of titles of the same genre. Chasm arrives on Switch in an elegant, beautiful and addictive way.
  5. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    Chasm is a fascinating, mechanically sound take on the Metroidvania genre, but it also fails to do anything innovative or original that hasn’t been done before in the genre, apart from the relatively minor hook of procedurally-generated worlds. Despite this, it’s still a fun side-scrolling adventure that’s sure to be worth your time, with challenging combat, fantastic graphics, and a cool premise all combining to make for a release that we’d recommend to fans of the genre - although there are better examples out there, many of which are on Switch right now.
  6. Nov 27, 2018
    60
    Chasm doesn’t quite have its own identity, as it borrows so much from other games and while it does them decently, it’s not best in class. The randomly generated level layout, which is the games one unique feature, actually ends up being its biggest weakness. Maybe I am being a little too unkind, as I did have fun playing, but I just feel like it could have been so much more and that’s what bothers me the most. It’s a decent enough tribute to those games of yesteryear, but that’s its problem, as it ends up being yet another Metroidvania title.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 19, 2022
    9
    Very Nice Metroidvania game. Really enjoyed it. interesting background story, solid character evolution.
    Perhaps then only point that could
    Very Nice Metroidvania game. Really enjoyed it. interesting background story, solid character evolution.
    Perhaps then only point that could be better are the boss fights. They are easy fights in comparison with other metroidvanias.

    9/10
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  2. Feb 19, 2020
    9
    Jogo lembra muito sotn, muito bom mesmo. Muitas armas, magias, mapa grande, criação de equipamentos e poções, tudo que um metroidvania precisaJogo lembra muito sotn, muito bom mesmo. Muitas armas, magias, mapa grande, criação de equipamentos e poções, tudo que um metroidvania precisa ter. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2020
    8
    Very solid metroidvania. enemies are distinctive and the game is very challenging up to the end with a few exceptions. I really like the RPGVery solid metroidvania. enemies are distinctive and the game is very challenging up to the end with a few exceptions. I really like the RPG style progression system even if a few stats were hard to understand.

    Only issues imo:
    - bosses are insanely easy. I don't think I died a single time on a boss. Even the final one. I died quite a bit navigating the levels but enjoyed that challenge but the bosses are a cakewalk. Mostly the issue is the plethora of single use healing items so I guess you can self handicap if you want.

    - i don't see the point of the procedural dungeons. A game like this is long enough and you need the items in a somewhat linear order to proceed so can't see why i would want to replay it a lot. It does a good job of creating interesting levels but I think it would be a better game if things were a little more handcrafted.

    - Items don't differentiate enough to be clear when one is better or worse. It's nice that you can customize to a play style but none of the bosses are hard enough to want to made minor adjustments when you play them.
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  4. Aug 2, 2019
    7
    Despite fun and challenging combat, gorgeous visuals, and countless customization options, Chasm will start to wear on you with its repetitiveDespite fun and challenging combat, gorgeous visuals, and countless customization options, Chasm will start to wear on you with its repetitive nature, as the randomly generated map system will only end up having you walk through too many long boring corridors to count Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2019
    7
    I picked the game up on sale without prior knowledge of it, only knowing that it's a metroidvania game, which was good enough cause of me toI picked the game up on sale without prior knowledge of it, only knowing that it's a metroidvania game, which was good enough cause of me to take a look at it.

    Chasm is a pixel-graphics metroidvania game (a 2d game with a mixture of combat, platforming, character customization and light RPG mechanics), where you're a knight who is sent to investigate a town attacked by a monster. Upon arrival you realize that everyone except one person are gone and it's up to you to save them and figure out what's going on.

    As far as mechanics go, it's not too wild. You have your jump, backwards slide, as well as a melee weapon and a spell to combat enemies, who range from rats to undead soldiers to demons. Non-boss enemies have at most two patterns associated with them so they're not overbearing to fight over and over. I say the combat is not wild because while the inputs are responsive, there's not too much original going on. You have your swords, clubs, whips, daggers for your main hand and Metroidvania staples for spells - daggers, arcing axes, boomerangs. All these tools have varying applications so choosing your weapons and spells for the occasion is an important part of gameplay (or just use a sword and throwing knives the whole game, that works too). As you progress through the game, you gain abilities associated with traversing the enviroment - double jump, walljump, gliding and so on - these let you navigate the map in new ways and allow you to access locations you previously had to skip (sometimes mandatory, sometimes optional). The progression of the game is solid, with more complex and tougher enemies along with your ever increasing arsenal of mobility skills and weaponry.

    The core gimmick that attempts to separate this game from the pack is RNG mechanics (bear with me). On world creation, the world's layout is randomized - NPC locations, save points, all of it. Chests contain random loot. Loot sometimes comes out as upgraded rather than base form (indicated by a blue or orange outline on the weapon). Unfortunately, these gimmicks are easily the worst part of the game. While the world is not the same on each individual run, the rooms themselves are not very interesting, as you'll grow tired for mostly recycled jumping puzzles (jump when the bad stuff dissapears, or time jumps to land on moving platforms), with most changes being scenery. Everything being so similar leads to getting lost while backtracking once you need to get back to a particular place to use an item or ability you got. Getting an orange item, dying, then going back for the item and getting an unupgraded version is rage-inducing.

    While the starting few sections are great, the game grows more frustrating and tedious, since you often have to backtrack to previous locations without clear hints to do so, as well as save points becoming more and more scarce, enemies filling up greater amounts of corridors, which incentivizes running past enemies since fighting them can end up costing you too much health and mana.

    Overall, it's a fairly good addition to the Metroidvania roster, and I recommend it to those who like the genre and are interested in a slightly different take. It's especially good for those looking for a challenge, with the additions of arcade mode (essentially a speedrun mode for points) and mortal mode (permadeath). It is, however, disappointing and leaves a lot of unfulfilled potential on the table.
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  6. Jul 17, 2021
    7
    Un buen metroidvania, que aunque no aporta nada nuevo al genero si te gusta este tipo de juego es bastante entretenido.
  7. Apr 18, 2020
    3
    Made to difficult by having far to long until you reach a save point. Bitterly disappointing, more saves points/ checkpoints and this would beMade to difficult by having far to long until you reach a save point. Bitterly disappointing, more saves points/ checkpoints and this would be a great game. Expand

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