Abyss The Forgotten Past Gameplay Preview

Developed by OneWay Games, published by Sedoc LLC – January 29, 2021 (PC)
*MSRP: $3.99 – https://store.steampowered.com/app/1369980/Abyss_The_Forgotten_Past/

Abyss the Forgotten Past is a retro 2D action platformer. It’s a bit rough, unpolished, and has some annoying graphical bugs but the core of the game may appeal to a few people out there.

The main goal of the story is to collect these Infinity Stone like runes to prevent Thanatos, the god of death, from taking over the world.

The game centers around a young protagonist as he sets off to collect powerful runes to prevent the god of death from conquering the known world. The game plays like a traditional platformer and as you collect more runes, they unlock abilities that will help you navigate the levels and aid you in fighting enemies. The first power up from the green rune is a double jump, which is a necessity since there are a lot of jumping sections where one misstep will mean instant failure and having to restart from the last checkpoint.

As you can see above, the game suffers from some very annoying graphical issues.

The game does look great but has some graphical issues that may annoy some people. There is a stutter in the graphics as the map scrolls. The map will shift backwards by a column’s worth of pixels creating a visible jitter as the level scrolls around you. The game doesn’t stay in one resolution and some sections may have the entire screen shifted down, with a black bar on top and the user interface at a lower resolution than the game screen. It does hamper one’s ability to navigate the level.

The game has some interesting ideas, like creating an action adventure version of Super Mario World, but feels incredibly unpolished and rough in every aspect of game development.

Overall, Abyss The Forgotten Past is an okay platformer with many issues that may detract from the player’s experience. Aside from the graphical issues, the dialogue is not the best. The delivery of the narrative also suffers from pacing issues. With all of these things in mind, it’s a bit difficult to recommend this game to others but hard core fans of retro titles may still be interested if they are not bothered by these things.

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