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The intriguing art-style and fight of Boomerang X is what drew me in, however the boomerang itself is what hooked me. The four-sided weapon wielded by your unnamed hero gave me severe Krull vibes, a horrible Nineteen Eighties fantasy film I beloved dearly during which the primary character wields a five-sided model known as the Glaive.
As a child, it captured my creativeness – and whereas that film would not maintain up almost in addition to I needed it to, the fundamental premise of flinging a bladed weapon at fantastical baddies is one thing Boomerang X has lastly arced again round to ship to me. I am grateful my love of a nasty ’80s film pushed me to provide Boomerang X a strive, as a result of this fashionable twist on a retro FPS is nice even with out the area of interest nostalgia journey.
There’s little in the best way of story right here: you are crusing alongside in a picket boat solely to be shipwrecked on a mysterious island, and the one path off the seashore is right into a cave the place you discover your magical boomerang weapon. Alongside the best way, Boomerang X tells you the remainder of what it’s essential to know principally by way of its environments.
You’ll go by way of a ruined village, and when you look into the suitable homes you possibly can spot the stays of the island’s authentic inhabitants. There are just a few pleasant creatures who supply context for the present state of the island by way of textual content dialogue, in addition to explaining slightly of the historical past of your boomerang. However for probably the most half it is very “present, do not inform,” and that compliments the mysterious angle of Boomerang X completely.
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Boomerang X’s cell-shaded graphics work with that angle excellently as effectively. I performed on Nintendo Swap and did not discover any main framerate dips, even when the arenas had been overrun with enemies. It is also obtainable on PC, and I’ve to think about enjoying with a mouse and keyboard is the superior strategy to play (as a result of it at all times is for FPS video games) however with the Professional Controller and a sensible auto-aim system, I nonetheless had a good time.
When you get previous the transient intro, it is recreation on. You are instantly thrown right into a battle with mysterious beasts, their solely defining options being their darkish shadowy shapes and the occasional coloured weak factors. They remind me very a lot of the Shadow Beasts in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and that is not the one Nintendo vibe Boomerang X throws off (however extra on that later). Some creatures resemble horrible bloated spiders, whereas others seem like nightmare squid who’ve discovered to free themselves from the shackles of their oceanfaring lives.
As you progress by way of the world of Boomerang X you’ll uncover extra sorts of enemies, every with totally different assaults and powers. A few of them, just like the aforementioned spiders, are as easy to kill as aiming your boomerang and letting it fly. Others, just like the unusual summoning demons slightly afterward, can solely be destroyed with a well-aimed shot at their crystalline weak factors. I loved the number of enemies, and the way every new space appeared to convey with it a brand new difficult foe. Determining the most effective course of assault for a few of the more durable creatures added a pleasant strategic ingredient to Boomerang X past simply having well-placed throws.
Along with discovering new, more durable enemies as you progress deeper into the mysterious island, you additionally unlock extra powers to your boomerang. At first, you merely toss the boomerang and it does what you’d count on it to do: hits issues then comes again. As you go additional, you’ll learn to immediately recall the boomerang or cost it for longer throws, and shortly after that you simply begin unlocking its true potential as a weapon.
That features extra highly effective results like slowing time, utilizing it as a grappling hook, and even stronger assaults. Its energy scales up completely, and I undoubtedly wanted to grasp virtually each totally different sort of assault and distinctive energy to win a few of the later, more durable battles. Fights are additionally extremely fulfilling as a result of they require fixed movement, and the intelligent powers of your boomerang make it attainable to maneuver across the battlefield shortly and easily.
Keep in mind how I mentioned it offers off severe Nintendo vibes? The Twilight Princess comparability is clear from the very first enemy you face, however Boomerang X additionally gave me a severe Metroid Prime feeling, and that is an amazing feeling for a recreation to provide. You begin off with nothing, little or no in the best way of story or context, and develop into extra highly effective and study your surroundings as you progress.
It’s not really a Metroidvania although, as Boomerang X is totally linear and lacking their essential exploration ingredient. There aren’t any branching pathways, no backtracking, no doorways or portals it’s essential to return to when you unlock the correct boomerang energy. You merely go into one area, defeat the enemy waves, and transfer onto the following. Sure, you achieve new powers and enhance your defend a number of instances over through the course of Boomerang X, however there is no wandering right here.
I nonetheless had loads of enjoyable inside its inflexible construction, however I’d have beloved to have the ability to discover this tiny island world for myself. That’s very true as a result of Boomerang X is a fairly quick recreation. I used to be in a position to beat it in round three hours, and that was a reasonably leisurely tempo. After beating it, a New Sport+ is unlocked (and I instantly began enjoying by way of it once more), however I used to be having fun with Boomerang X a lot that I used to be left wanting greater than to replay it with my powers intact.