Do you like Metroidvanias? If you do you’ll love Chasm!
I’ve been curious about Chasm since it released on PC last year. I finally took the plunge on the Switch and I’m glad I did. This is one good game! You’re a recruit that wants to prove that you can be a knight. Early in the game, you’re given the opportunity to do just that. You commander sends you on what seems like a simple quest. Find out what happened to this small town and fix it. When you get to the town it’s completely abandoned. An old man tells you that some monsters came and did some shit and he asks you to save them. This is where the game begins and you’re thrust into an intricate underground mine filled with all sorts of creatures. This game is a throwback to the Castlevania games of yesteryear. It’s not as good or mechanically deep as them, but it’s still a damn good game.
I couldn’t help but get nostalgic while I played this game. It plays like Castlevania. It has me backtracking, finding new items to help me traverse new, or old, areas, and fighting hordes of enemies, breaking lamps, collecting money, and, of course, finding new weapons to help make that easier. This is one of the best games I’ve played on the Switch. I’m addicted to it and I can’t stop playing it. I’m currently trying to make my way through a trap-filled maze filled with zombies, samurai skeletons, some red gunk that will suck you to the bottom if you jump in it, and some weird mosquito shooting trap that loves to ruin my day. This game isn’t as deep or mechanically impressive as a game like Hollow Knight, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s still really impressive, the pixel art is amazing, the animations are good, and the soundtrack is killer. Every new area I enter has a nice tune playing the background and it fits the environment that I’m in. It’s not out of place at all.
Boss fights are pretty spread out too. I’ve only fought a single boss in 3 hours. I haven’t died, yet, a single time, but I have gotten lost a few times. That tends to happen in games like this though and, honestly, it’s part of the charm. I’ve rescued 3 NPCs so far and unlocked a few new features in the tavern. I can buy health potions, but I have no idea what the other dude does because he dropped his deck of cards and I have to find them so I can find out what he offers me. Hopefully, it’s not some stupid card game. And that’s what I think of Chasm so far. It’s fun and is a nice throwback to some of the older Metroidvanias out there. Have you played Chasm? What did you think of it?