With its unique underwater style and combat, this Metroidvania-esque adventure has its own feel
The first impression you’re likely to get with Pronty when you start it up is that it’s quite gorgeous and since you’re underwater the movement is perhaps a little sluggish but unique. From that starting point on you’ll learn the many ways to make creative use of your companion as a weapon, whether dashing in quick attacks, swirling around you as a sort of shield, or a few other techniques you’ll learn over the course of your adventure. There’s no question that the combat isn’t quite like anything I’ve played before, and that’s both a good and a bad thing. I’d consider your character just a bit on the sluggish side, and you’ll definitely feel that at times in the boss battles that typically kick your butt a bit at first. Unfortunately, once you get accustomed to how best to use your attacks I’d say the typical stuff you’ll encounter becomes a little too routine, but the varied and visually-impressive bosses help to compensate, for sure. I do wish there was a little more meat on the game’s bones with regards to story, but I suppose I’ll take this over a game that goes too far and keeps me away from the action. If you’ve been feeling like you’ve seen everything the Metroidvania genre has to offer, Pronty begs to differ.
Justin Nation, Score: