Tuesday 5 April 2022

Astal (Sega Saturn review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1995

Astal is an action-platformer that's exclusive to Sega's 32-bit console.

+ The art style is simply gorgeous and the beautiful water colours / pastels bring the otherworldly environments to life.

+ A wide range of attacks are at your disposal and your bird friend opens up even more options for strategic play.

+ The bosses feature some multi-part battles with the finale offering a compelling challenge.

- Gameplay is incredibly frustrating at times as some sections rely too heavily on trial-and-error in order to proceed. 

- The levels are short and just as you're getting into a flow the action comes to a temporary halt until the next scene begins.

- The stage design has zero standout moments and there's not enough magic to compliment the breathtaking visuals.

- The voiceovers are terribly acted and make Astal's cliched journey from heartless-to-compassionate rather laughable.

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