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  • Summary: The Next Penelope is an original 2D racing and action game, set in a futuristic Greece. As Penelope is looking for Ulysses through the galaxy, the player is free to explore the worlds in any order. Each planet features unique situations, races, bosses, and new permanent abilities to get forThe Next Penelope is an original 2D racing and action game, set in a futuristic Greece. As Penelope is looking for Ulysses through the galaxy, the player is free to explore the worlds in any order. Each planet features unique situations, races, bosses, and new permanent abilities to get for the spaceship. All weapons cost vital energy when used, so the player is very powerful and close to death at the same time. Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 90
    At the end of the day, The Next Penelope isn't a racing game. It is an adventure game that happens to use racing as one of its core mechanics. There are many little things that you need to keep in mind to nail down a challenge. Strategy is the magical word here, and you shouldn't forget when the game throws you yet another curve. The journey is over before you know, which is a slight shame, as I was hoping for it skew a bit longer. Of course, it comes down to what a game does with its running time. In that respect, I couldn't be happier.
  2. Jan 2, 2018
    80
    The Next Penelope provides a great mixture of Shmup and Racing gameplay which contains its fair share of challenges. It can often become overly challenging at times and this - coupled with a lack of control mapping - means a great game falls just shy of being essential.
  3. Mar 20, 2018
    80
    Those looking for a lengthy narrative may be disappointed, but the Time Trial features and quick burst gameplay will keep many coming back for more.
  4. Jul 1, 2019
    78
    The Next Penelope is an explosive mixture of speed and action with a good level of progression and difficulty. However, the title is somewhat short and leaves us wanting more adventures.
  5. Dec 24, 2017
    73
    The Next Penelope brings back the classic overhead racing formula in a fun, exciting, and surprisingly varied way but its limited single player content makes it a somewhat less than stellar Odyssey.
  6. Dec 26, 2017
    70
    In short, a glass half full and half empty, for a rather demanding indie which knows how to surprise and excite in any way. Of course, if only it had lasted a little longer.
  7. Jan 21, 2018
    70
    The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus brings a very welcome mix to the usual racing game genre, presenting a wide variety of contents and a plot that acts as the thread for the races. Thanks to a simple and intuitive gameplay and to its challenging difficulty level, The Next Penelope only feels like it doesn't deliver when it comes to multiplayer, as it lacks an online multiplayer component, as well its short lifespan.

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  1. Feb 10, 2018
    6
    A nice mechanic. But I'd like to see more levels, and a smoother difficulty curve.