A Mega Man Game in Witch's Clothing
It would be a problem if Capcom was still making Mega Man games if there a massive number of Mega Man-style clones entering the market. As the publisher is not green-lighting any projects starring the Blue Bomber, then I say open the floodgates for Mega Man-inspired, styled, heck, even blatant clone games! Circle Entertainment's The Legend of Dark Witch is pretty much all three of these, albeit with a female cast of characters including the hero. What it all adds up to is an affordable adventure worthy of your time and money.
The Legend of Dark Witch throws you into the role of Zizou Olympia, a sassy goddess who begins a quest to recover a mystical power which has been stolen. The world just so happens to depend on this power for a myriad of tasks, such as making fire, all needed for its denizens' survival.
|Zizou is powered up and on the loose!|
|How cute. You want to face a goddess.|
Outside of levels, Tres is used as currency to purchase permanent upgrades. From more starting health and lives to powering up special weapons to increase their usefulness, Tres offers the ability to make The Legend of Dark Witch an easier time for those that desire it. It certainly makes the harder difficulties and levels less intimidating. It's also important to note that even if you fail a level, you're able to keep the Tres you collected. This means you can continue whittling away at a level until you get strong enough to finally beat it if your skills aren't at a high enough level.
As for levels, each can typically be finished within five minutes, but also each contains speed-running capabilities. After all, each level records your best time, and it's always fun to share best times with Miiverse. Some levels have branching paths that lead to interesting discoveries such as hidden Pure Syega crystals, optional doodads that expand your abilities. Other times secondary paths are just there as an alternative way to the main route.
|And today is the one day I forgot|
to bring my sunscreen.
|And today is the one day I remember|
the sunscreen and forget my mittens.
The Legend of Dark Witch may be cheap in price, but it doesn't look cheap presentation-wise. The 2D pixel art in the characters and particularly the backgrounds and landscapes look absolutely phenomenal. The lack of any stereoscopic 3D at all is a bit disappointing, considering how great it would make the already exquisite art pop out to the player.
|Zizou may be surrounded,|
but the odds are on her side regardless.
Perhaps my only issue with the presentation comes from the localization/translation of the game into English. Typos, spelling mistakes, and more along those lines are abundant, but even then, it's nothing that got in my way of enjoying the game.
The Legend of Dark Witch is indeed a rather short game with some issues to it. However, there's plenty of longevity that would make the game worth purchasing even if it was more expensive than the very tempting $3.99 it sells for on the Nintendo eShop. It controls tightly, it looks splendid, and the challenge is just right. It's a bewitching trifecta worthy of looking into for anyone yearning for a non-Mega Man Mega Man game.
[SPC Says: 8.0/10]