Games that aspire to capture the look and feel of earlier eras can be a mixed bag, but when executed well can be quite a treat. Alwa’s Awakening was a rock solid entry in that vein, providing a challenge and plenty of great puzzles and boss fights with a vintage 8-bit look. With Legacy we’ve now moved into the 16-bit era and an overall look that’s appropriately far more vibrant and genuinely beautiful in places. With a small collection of spells you’ll acquire relatively quickly the game will challenge you to make smart use of them, both for conquering what can sometimes be tricky puzzles and platforming challenges (especially if you want to grab everything) and taking on some tough bosses as well. I would say more often than in most games I got into dead ends where I needed to more quickly understand I wasn’t meant to try to complete that area just yet, but some of that is due to a style of defying the obvious path. While sharing a whole lot of DNA functionally with its predecessor Alwa’s Awakening, Legacy ups the ante with a terrific 16-bit makeover and some new and worthy challenges.
Justin Nation, Score: