A highly recommended platformer, played across an wierd landscape, full of oddball monsters.
Alex Adventure is a retro platformer, played across oddball terrain. You run, you jump, you shoot, you collect the occasional key, you solve the occasional puzzle and you try to find as many ‘artifacts’ (out of six) as you can before you reach the end of the game, which consists of a sprawling landscape.
The game has an otherworldly feel. Graphically, the game is lovingly retro but the actual landscape and especially the enemies feel completely alien. The soundtrack is just plain weird and a little hard to describe (and I don’t mean that as an insult at all). All of this adds up to a totally surreal atmosphere. It really involves you in the game itself, which is what so many games fail to do. Bear in mind it succeeds in doing this without a background story to speak of.
What further solidifies Alex Adventures’ status as a classic is the well thought out and clever level design. The game always remains challenging but fair. There are no cheap deaths here. Once you learn the gameplay mechanics (and this doesn’t take long), everything that happens is your own fault. Admittedly jumping feels a little strange to begin with but after five minutes, I got my head around it and was able to progress further into the intriguing landscape.
Alex Adventure is odd but odd in every way that a game should be. It makes you want to see what comes next even when things become tough and invites replays to find any artifacts you might have missed along your travels (most are at least slightly hidden). Highly recommended.