Beastly Review of Neversong
How has loss affected you? Personally, the loss of loved ones has been a learning experience, and Neversong shares that idea in a creative way. Welcome to our review which is having its Steam release today.
Neversong a Dream or a Nightmare?
You are Peet and the world as you know it has been turned upside down. You have been a traumatic experience where you are left in a coma only to learn your best friend was kidnapped. Being you are just a kid what can you do? Sadly the other adults attempted a rescue only to have disappeared as well. Now it is up to you to rescue her from Dr. Smile who is this creepy ghost-like entity holding her in a birdcage. Are you up for the task?
Let the Song be your guide.
Neversong is a dank and off-color platformer with some RPG elements. You will start off with no weapons at all until you get the famed slugger bat. This is the beginning of your fight where you tackle on weird spider creatures. There are some upgrades you will obtain as you solve certain puzzles. Even more so the interesting boss fights that you will encounter in order to unlock songs.
The controls are quite simple where you use the left analog stick to move. X for your attack, A to jump, but if you unlock the umbrella you can get a glid ability. This will be a key item to get to other areas on the map and of course, helps in combat. After you get another bat upgrade with nails to be able to cut certain things that will also be used in puzzles. Your last unlock will be a rad Skateboard, which I thought it was going to be used for faster travel since you don’t have a run button.
However, it is used for smooth terrain to get to other areas on the map. That pops out by using the B button. So after you defeat a monster you unlock these items with the songs the monsters unleash.
There will be a lot of back and forth as you have to return to you and Wren’s home for said upgrades. Pay attention to everything and try to interact with everyone. Something is always hidden and will unlock the next part of your journey.
Being that this was first on mobile it is not bad with its upgrade. I believe the best part was interacting with the other children each have their own personalities. It does land on the borderline of a horror game, but mostly scary for kids like a goosebumps story. Neversong grants you a small choice narrative with only two choices, sadly it doesn’t affect the outcome of your path just gives you extra clues or funny dialogue to help you progress.
Then there is the collectible system of finding cards throughout your fights and journey. Each card will showcase a specific character and gives you a small cosmetic change. It would have been cool if those cosmetics changes gave you a battle advantage. That felt like a missed opportunity.
Cute and Disturbing
The world of Neversong is creative with a simple tone to it. It has a gothic and horrific tone with the doll-like characters. This as well as the creepy boss fights of these grotesque monsters. Now when it comes to the music atmosphere it brings it all full circle. When you are traveling through the world of Neversong you will start hearing voices in the background. Not sure if you are being hunted or hallucinating, but something eerie is in the air.
What jacks the creepy factor higher is at times you will find telephones that have voice messages for you. It is Wren leaving you different messengers that are leading you to believe something much worse has happened. But no spoilers.
The Bad Side:
This would be a bad part of my intellect I would think because the reason I took 4 hours to beat Neversong. It was because something so silly when I got to a particular level and it was difficult to figure out the puzzle. To be fair it is an awkward puzzle to deduce, but once you do it will leave you with, “Oh dang it!”.
I will say this that even when you are done there is more to do after you get a key item.
Neversong is a game that came at a time where I am about to face the saddest day of my life. I lost someone very dear and this is one of those games that put you in a scenario of loss. It is a different type of loss that is beautifully done with such a wholesome ending. We were given this review copy and I have to say when Neversong officially releases on Steam May 20th, 2020 I recommend picking this game up.
In that, Neversong is a definite “BUY”. Pick it up for yourself and we can discuss further and if you really want to see it in action I will be streaming it Wednesday night on the release day at 8 pm EST on my twitch channel. – Beast Out –