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The Guise - Mini Review - Xbox

Developer Rasul Mono and publisher Ratalaika Games have brought us a brand new, Indie Metroidvania to sink our teeth into. In the game you play as Ogden, an orphan who sneaks into a usually locked room in the orphanage he lives in. This room belongs to the headmistress and she forbids people from entering. Inside he finds a mask and like most children decides he has to touch it. Once he puts on the mask he transforms into a monster and its up to you to help him regain his human form.

What we liked:

  • Simple, yet challenging combat

  • Interesting/dark characters

  • Creepy enemy designs

  • The hand drawn art style

  • Interesting redemption storyline

  • Multiple endings depending on the choice you make in game

  • Power Ups and upgrades you unlock as you play

  • Optional Side Quests

  • Makes you finish the game to get the 1000g

What we didn't like:

  • Short experience - could finish in an hour

  • No voice acting - text only

  • Difficulty spikes at points

  • Sparse checkpoints can be frustrating

Overall The Guise is a decent Metroidvania game. With its unique graphical aesthetic, dark, brooding environments and monsters/characters that pop from the backgrounds and decent side scrolling platforming and combat. The story is interesting and the games difficulty is challenging at times, which is a nice change for a game published by Ratalaika as usually they are very easy games to play (not that this is meant as a slight in any way - it's just a nice change of pace). The game isn't overly long in length but it at least makes you play through the entire thing to get the full 1000g! TOTAL SCORE: 7/10

The Guise was released onto the Xbox store on the 17th March 2023. It's playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. The game is priced at £5.99 and can be purchased HERE. It is also available on PC and other consoles.

A copy of the game was provided for this review. A big thanks for that!

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