Amongst the trove of pale-skinned characters, glowing misty caverns, and punchy character abilities, this one might be new to you. Greak: Memories of Azur is similar to platformers like Hollow Knight and Undertale, perhaps even Ori or maybe Hoa, sure. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of any of those! What Greak offers is a borderline cozy adventure with very unique, engaging gameplay that is an experience of its own.
Greak, Adara, and Raydel
Meet your identities (triple) as you take the role, in a rotate-at-will-shift, three siblings as they puzzle and spelunk through the beautiful world of Azur. A challenging foe, known as the Urlags, has populated every corner of this world to wreak havoc. This calamity is beyond your own will, however, and as you journey these three characters, it is your objective to rebuild an airship to escape, one piece at a time.
These characters share a formidable offense with abilities varying from melee to ranged. Adara touts a wonderful ability to hover and jump from place to place. You might be familiar with this type of ability from the classic Super Mario Bros. 2, and even New Super Mario Bros. on Switch, as an ability of Princess Peach. The correlation beyond that is a purely personal whim, but it’s a fun mechanic to wield in the many puzzles and obstacles of the game. Greak’s personal triple jump ability is practical and dynamic. Major obstacles in the game move quickly and far. Greak: Memories of Azur has fast-moving gameplay intentionally.
The Land of Azur in Greak: Memories of Azur
Aside from any similar design parallels, Greak: Memories of Azur has a very comfortable world to adventure in. Yes, the Urlags can be quite intolerable with their ghoulish presence. Once weaved through, however, it’s not such a bad place to experiment with the environment for puzzle solving to advance. It felt quite nice to experience this concept in a world that is not purely dominated by monochromatic caves. The color is slightly muted, but it is pleasant, and it is definitely still colorful without too many distractions.
This game is traditional but uses its strengths in fast-paced gameplay to create a new and engaging experience. It’s affordable and has plenty of replay value, plus it’s supported on several platforms digitally or in retail.
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