First Impressions of Phoenotopia Demo on Nintendo Switch

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Phoenotopia is more than a cozy pixel-art game about a hero with pink hair. There are some pretty deep theme but also pleasant gameplay. For a sample, a group in Phoenotopia known as the last councils decide the fate of humanity. This game has emotional and philosophical depth. But once again, it’s buffered with some enjoyable run and jump platforming. In my playtest of the demo, I enjoyed the open world environment and sense of adventure. I also love that I can play on super easy difficulty levels or super difficult difficulty levels. Accessibility is a great thing to pair with a game like this, and if the main game has this, it’s a nice feature for streamers. I played this game on Nintendo Switch, but as a cross-platform game, I suspect most of offers the same story wherever or whatever you’re starting on.

Phoentopia: Awakening Screenshot

Simple Demo Impressions

I started off in a village. I’m not saying pink hair one more time. I was there in the cozy quarters of her family, and was tasked to go get the children ready for dinner. They’d gone for a hike in the forest outside the city gates apparently. Man, what a pain, but this is how it starts. I was really curious whether or not there was going to be any combat in this game since I played for a decent amount of time before it even became a topic. I’ll have you know I whacked approximately 5-10 giant frogs with a billy club before I drowned. I was playing on easy mode, so that was kind of surprising but not a disqualifier–if you look at the screenshots it’s awesome that this game is a cornucopia of artistic wealth and environment.

While I was playing Phoentopia: Awakening. the visual saga and ambient piano music carried me through. If I were the type to linger in games exploring every corner, I could do it here. There are details of things that were obviously thought out, but not necessarily vital. It helped me realize that I don’t need to think about other games to know what is going on in this one. That is some crucial storytelling through the use of the environment.

Phoentopia: Awakening Screenshot

Phoenotopia Piece of Cake

Phoenotopia: Awakening game was based on a game in 2014 called simply “Phoenotopia.” From all I can gather, most people are pretty content with this new game, especially on Switch. It’s not effortless nor without scratches and bruises, but the forests, villages, and creatures are all pretty pleasant and the puzzles are challenging but not impossible in this little preview.

This is a good thing because if you want to use your brain while keeping your sense of adventure, it’s in here. I think you’ll probably want to see if this game fits in your preference of games, but it has a lot going for it from me, who passed through it with an empty budget and a downloadable demo. Thank you to this publisher for allowing that though since some of us consume games like bubblegum. I like pink hair, I like Phoenotopia: Awakening, and I like games like these. More, please. Thanks for reading. Explore more games at

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