Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera – A Love Letter to Classic Platformers

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Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera is an upcoming 2D platformer currently in development at Dark Star Studios. The game received its first public demo earlier this month and looks really promising from what we’ve seen so far. Tenacious Odyssey feels very much like a love letter to classic platformers of yore. Not just in terms of aesthetics but gameplay as well.

Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera takes place in a vibrant and colorful world complete with suitably upbeat music. As it’s often the case with these things, however, appearances can be a bit deceiving. Chimera’s world is populated by creepy critters eager to make a meal out of you. Luckily, you’re not exactly defenseless yourself either.

Chimera Harkens Back to the Platformers of Yore

The game’s protagonist comes equipped with a sword that she uses as her main offensive weapon. She also has a powerful ranged attack that can one-shot enemies from afar. However, this secondary attack can only be used sporadically as it’s powered by gathering energy orbs from fallen enemies. In other words, you’ll mainly have to rely on your melee weapon throughout the game. That’s not really a problem, though, as enemies aren’t particularly tanky.

Although you’ll primarily find yourself slicing and dicing across the world of Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera, you will occasionally come across useful power-ups and upgrades. As one might expect, gathering these will make things a bit easier. At least, as far as killing enemies is concerned. This is a platformer after all so your patience and determination will ultimately decide how far you can progress.

The indie platformer currently features six different stages, each with their own unique themes and gameplay mechanics. The level design is quite solid and doesn’t include any particularly frustrating platforming segments. The said, the game can be quite challenging at times and requires you to make good use of your limited resources and the special mechanics present in each level.

Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera is Tough But Fair

Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera is a traditionally difficult yet somewhat forgiving platformer. For example, once your health bar is drained you are sent immediately to the last checkpoint. However, that doesn’t happen very often as there’s an abundance of health pick-ups everywhere you look. Once you lose all your lives, though, the game is over and you’ll need to go back to the beginning of the level. In short, this is one of those “tough but fair” type of games.

Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera is the first installment in what may very well become a series at one point. The developer has also been working on a different title called X&Y: Tenacious Odyssey, which takes place in the same universe. It’s still a work in progress but you can find the demo right here if you want to check it out.

As far as Chimera is concerned, we’ll definitely keep an eye on it to see how the project progresses in the future. You can visit the Dark Star Studios website here if you want to learn more about the game and support the developer. Meanwhile, if you want to see the game in action, check out the demo trailer down below.


Jason Moth

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