Sunday, September 10, 2017

C92 DOUJIN GO!: Elmia


This summer, instead of making a large Comiket trailer article, I would like to write a few Doujin GO features on games that caught my interest. As usual, you can find the entire Comiket trailer on Edelweiss’s Youtube channel.



Circle: Aecrina

Aecrnia’s Elmia is a 2.5D platformer that features a unique way of traversing the levels and avoiding hazards. The character cannot jump, instead she is able to warp. She has a small fairy floating around her, which is also controlled by the player. The fairy will warp the player to wherever it's positioned.

For example, when you begin, you move forward and are greeted by an impassable wall. In order to progress, you have to position the fairy on the other side of the wall and warp past it. The character cannot jump either, so warping is the only way of getting across the level's platforms and spike pits. A meter restricts the number of times you can warp. When it runs out, you have to wait a few moments for it to fill up again. This forces the player to be more strategic during longer platforming sections. A lot of the difficulty is mitigated by the character’s floating jump; she falls in slow motion. Sometimes, her fall will give you enough time for the meter to fill up, usually right before you hit a section of spikes. Warping out of danger at the last moment is pretty satisfying, I have to admit. The fairy also has other usages.




Sometimes enemies will show up, and the only way to deal with them is by avoiding them or smacking them with the fairy. There are also switches that need to be activated by touching them with the fairy. The switches usually cause more platforms to appear or they put stationary platforms into motion.

The game features a cool, vibrant fantasy art style, and it’s protagonist is a cute girl wearing a brown robe, with little ears on it. The music also sounds very polished and the game appears to have a fairy tale type story behind it. As of right now, you can download the trial version from the official site. I hoping a localized version will someday find its way on steam or some other platform.



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