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  • Summary: Join Gail, a simple villager, who must heed the call for adventure when a great star ship appears in the night sky and abducts all the adults. As the new oldest member of her fragmented community, she must set out to solve this great mystery. Little does she know of the grand adventureJoin Gail, a simple villager, who must heed the call for adventure when a great star ship appears in the night sky and abducts all the adults. As the new oldest member of her fragmented community, she must set out to solve this great mystery. Little does she know of the grand adventure before her, the evil lurking in the shadows, and the role she would play in the fight for Earth’s very existence!

    Features:
    - A narrative-driven single player adventure filled with charming characters, vibrant towns, and dangerous dungeons.
    - Over 10 different weapons & tools with which to combat enemies and solve puzzles. Fly with rocket boots! Blast with bombs! Play the flute!
    - Fight against over 50 different enemy types and 12 boss encounters.
    - A world brimming with secrets! Find 33 Energy Gems, 55 Heart Pieces and 111 Moonstones.
    - An achievement system, with 33 badges to earn, for players seeking extra challenge and replayability.
    - Over 60 original songs ranging from mellow piano and orchestra to raging synth/metal rockers and bagpipes!
    - A main campaign length estimated at 25 hours of playtime. 50 hours for completionists.

    Solve the great mystery of the Phoenix!
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 19, 2020
    90
    Lots of care has gone into the creation of this game, and it shows with the gorgeous graphics and atmospheric soundtrack. It's a game that feels vast, and a slow burn experience for the patient gamer. It's possible that its difficulty will take some time to get used to, but it's worth persevering with this truly rewarding and excellent game. Phoenotopia: Awakening is a thoughtful, coherent game which, if you click with it, doesn't lose a step. A marvellous surprise.
  2. Sep 22, 2020
    82
    Overall Phoenotopia is a very beautiful looking game that does well at hiding its punishing difficulty, whilst people who are looking for a Zelda 2 style game may be attracted to this title, the more causal amongst us will find it very difficult to enjoy the later aspects of the game where in truth the game gets easier.
  3. Aug 26, 2020
    80
    The visuals and atmosphere at first seem standard as far as pixelated indie games go, but it does have more going on than it may initially suggest. Things start out very bright and colourful, like most Ghibli-inspired indie titles tend to be, but Phoenotopia: Awakening has a much darker side to it. There are some weirdly chilling moments and well directed sequences that build a profound sense of unease and alienation. There are some surprises within that may shock people who dismiss this as another generic Zelda II clone. The team behind this is not afraid to get dark and to show a little teeth.
  4. Aug 20, 2020
    70
    Phoenotopia Awakening is filled with a lot of potential from its wonderfully-charming presentation to utterly-delightful characters, but it just falls short of being something iconic and memorable with systems that often work against the player and can feel almost unfair like many retro video games most people don’t tend to pick up and play anymore. With a few tweaks it could make for a much more balanced experience, but Phoenotopia Awakening would be hard to recommend to those not looking for a steep challenge.
  5. Mar 5, 2021
    70
    Phoenotopia: Awakening aspires to be a retro 2D action adventure, and it succeeds in many ways. The cute sprites and soundtrack are appealing, and there’s lots of great exploration and puzzle gameplay. That being said, some elements bring along unnecessary stress, making the experience as a whole feel like a juicy durian that can only be cracked open with your bare hands.
  6. Sep 29, 2020
    65
    Phoenotopia: Awakening has a highly inviting look, but the gameplay can’t match the tone. Some ill-fitting decisions work against it, and the emphasis isn’t always where it should be. It’s still an ambitious, impressive indie adventure that demonstrates real passion, but one reflecting growing pains.
  7. Aug 25, 2020
    50
    Phoenotopia: Awakening has the ingredients for an excellent experience, but poorly balanced combat mechanics and incredibly steep difficulty get in the way of a good time. With no adjustable difficulty settings in the game, be prepared for a slog.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    Basically a perfect blend of Zelda games (in a Zelda II shell) with a touch of Metroid and a very charming aesthetic. Bought this randomly onBasically a perfect blend of Zelda games (in a Zelda II shell) with a touch of Metroid and a very charming aesthetic. Bought this randomly on the Switch store and didn’t expect the amount of substance, or the level of attention to detail. Expand
  2. Oct 24, 2020
    10
    This is a great game. The graphics are cute with smooth animations. The gameplay is exploration focused, with some combat as well. TheThis is a great game. The graphics are cute with smooth animations. The gameplay is exploration focused, with some combat as well. The world-building and story is really well done, and the amount of content is INSANE, with over 50 hours for completionists. There were some issues with difficulty at release, but they have been fixed in recent patches. An easy 10/10. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2020
    10
    I first played the flash game, 'Phoenotopia', when I was around thirteen. After almost eight years of faithfully following the gamesI first played the flash game, 'Phoenotopia', when I was around thirteen. After almost eight years of faithfully following the games development, 'Phoenotopia: Awakening' has been released! I'm only at the beginning of the game right now, but I can already tell this is an great expansion of the flash game! I love the expanded pixel art animation for the characters, the ability to see more of Panselo and the way traveling in the game is handled. The level of detail and colors in the game are very colorful and help create a more real atmosphere to the game. I love how certain NPC's, like the male guard, has such a funny dialogue. The game mechanics are good, although I have not been able to cook the 'Mystery Meat' without failing(-.-), I have successfully cooked more than enough frog legs. So far, the mechanics/controls of the game are easy to adapt to. The only thing I had a slight problem doing was using the gear ring, but I caught on quickly enough to what you are supposed to do, which is move the right side directional arrow/stick and then, with a tool or item, like 'Frog Legs', press down on the controller/stick. I kept clicking 'A' at first, but then I got it.

    I'm so glad I can play this game. I hope others can also play and enjoy this game as much as I have and I already look forward to the next Phoenotopia!
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  4. Jun 1, 2021
    9
    I have a blast with this game. The game has a mix between tools ,dungeons and puzzles of Zelda, lore deepness, biomes, and combat of DarkI have a blast with this game. The game has a mix between tools ,dungeons and puzzles of Zelda, lore deepness, biomes, and combat of Dark Soul, characters and enemies design of Kirby mix with Mario and Zelda. No glitchs and errors during my game play. The only down side is the step combat learning curve, grinding and the lack of weapon at the first 5-7hrs may push some players away. Must try ! Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2020
    9
    Phoenotopia had its hooks in me despite a lot of its flaws, and I think it's the core that's great and the bogies protruding off of it thatPhoenotopia had its hooks in me despite a lot of its flaws, and I think it's the core that's great and the bogies protruding off of it that are more the issues. Despite that, we have an adventure-platformer a la Zelda II with a difficulty like Dark Souls and a charm like EarthBound crossed with Kirby with engaging writing and music. Not for the feint of heart despite how cute it can look. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2020
    8
    So far I'm having a great time playing this with a few hours clocked in so here's my impressions so far. This definitely isn't an easy game asSo far I'm having a great time playing this with a few hours clocked in so here's my impressions so far. This definitely isn't an easy game as the very first boss took me over 10 tries to beat. The opening areas of the game had me in a bit of a jam with not having enough money to get quest items and essential equipment so a slow grind ended up happening. But soon after that the game really picked up for me and money isn't too much of an issue now.

    This game has a lot of love put into it. Music is very good and the characters and their dialogue are well done too. Gameplay is challenging but feels rewarding once you get the hang of it. I realized this wasn't a hand-holding experience and that I needed to be careful during fights and managing recovery items or I'd get destroyed. Overall I'm happy I bought this.
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  7. Aug 21, 2020
    5
    Do not buy until developers release a patch to improve gameplay. Do not be fooled by the games charming retro presentation this game is a ****Do not buy until developers release a patch to improve gameplay. Do not be fooled by the games charming retro presentation this game is a **** of fustrating game design decisions.You have a stamina bar that runs out too quick and drags out fights with even the most basic enemies, Then there is the fact that money is so hard to come by and you need a lot of it to progress , theres the lack of invincibility frames where you can find yourself being smacked around like a pinball between enemies. This is another retro styled game that doesnt undesrtand how videogames have evolved and become more accessible since the nintendo years we need to stop milking the past and stary looking forward. Expand

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