Tunic’s easy mode, called “No Fail”, let me enjoy his puzzles more

JacketIt is an indie adventure game that blends influences the legend of zelda And Evil spirits In a wonderful and mysterious package, it has occupied my mind for the past two weeks. It’s been ages since I beat a game and plunged into New Game Plus mode without stopping to refill my glass of water on my desk. I have to admit, though: I wouldn’t have made it to the end—let alone enjoy the ride as much as I did—without using the game’s “No Fail” mode occasionally.

As much as I enjoyed the puzzles and the feeling of discovery in them JacketShe fought her battle. Swinging the sword of the little vulva hero feels floating, slow and imprecise. The game lacks the laser-like precision of heavyweight isometric games like Hades, as I always felt failure was my fault. at Jacket, I often fail in combat sequences simply because I didn’t make a head-to-head attack or evade in exactly the right direction – even though I was often certain that pressing the buttons should have done the job. Even after twelve hours of fighting Jacket And so many tough fights with bosses, I still don’t feel like I get it.

I don’t blame Jacketdevelopment team for this. The game consists almost entirely of one person, Andrew Schuldas, who designed and programmed the game. Additional art came from Eric Billingsley and ma-ko, and the game’s great score is credited to Terence Lee and Janice Kwan. However, the entire combat design was in Shouldice, as well as the level design and puzzle visualization. Jacket It’s a pretty cool feat—especially considering he didn’t have a bigger team to help polish his rougher edges.

For this very reason, I have no regrets about operating JacketMode “No Fail”. I didn’t use it all the time; I will first explore each dungeon with fully engaged combat, enjoying the rigors of battle and the difficulty of failure as I learned my way. But once I understood the meaning of each dungeon’s map, I no longer felt the need to fight each enemy over and over again. I’d turn on No Fail and dive into the mysteries of each location, not worrying about dying as I discovered every last chest and momentum.

The fox hero descends from a tonk to a mysterious area on a floating elevator

Photo: Finji via Polygon

With “No Fail” turned on, JacketChampion still has to fight the battle, and when he gets injured, his health meter still goes down. But when the health meter reaches zero, the hero does not die; Their counter stays at zero forever while the fight continues. There is also a setting to turn off the stamina meter, allowing the fox to always have a full gauge of stamina. I didn’t use that much, because I enjoyed wrestling with the stamina meter (just like I do in Evil spirits) But not having to completely reappear helped me enjoy the game’s puzzles without feeling intimidated.

JacketPuzzles are easily their best asset. From my point of view, they are the whole reason to play the game. My favorite part was exploring each room individually for hidden stairs, doorways and paths. I would slowly walk all the way around each area at a time, slowly walking along the bridges to see if a button A prompt would appear, indicating a hidden ladder to climb up. I was scrambling behind the walls, my fox barely visible, hoping to see the same prompt for a hidden chest to open.

The game also has significantly more complex puzzles, such as learning certain button patterns to open certain types of doors, as well as collecting every page of the game’s manual and understanding the mysterious language in which it was written. The more you play Jacketthe more I opened up his world and understood – but, again, I wouldn’t have bothered to play for long if I had been dealing with a mushy sword all that time.

I like to create challenges for myself in heavy fighting games, and learn every specific move I need in order to win. Metroid dreadBoss fights, for example, hit exactly the right place in my mind; I loved both the challenge and the sense of pride I felt when I learned the dance steps needed to avoid and face every attack. But in JacketI’ve never had that experience – and that’s okay. It’s not the game’s strong point, nor should it be. With the “No Fail” mode, I enjoyed the best parts of the game, and I’m still hungry for more. There were mysteries left that I couldn’t solve yet, and the game gave me the exact tool I needed to face it and enjoy every moment.