Hunter’s Legacy is a classic 2D platformer developed by Lienzo, a small team of developers from Mexico. This title fits the “Metroid-vania” category, and focuses on platforming through various environments and collecting money and weapon upgrades.
You play as Ikki, the feline warrior tasked with saving her village from the dangerous sorcerer Morodir, who stole the Fang of Alliance, a relic that keeps their world in balance. Ikki is the only one who can retrieve it and without it, their town will be destroyed.
This game bears a very nostalgic feel. Both the music and artistic direction have been developed well and carry a unique charm, similar to that seen in Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time and Behemoth’s Castle Crashers.
Initially, I didn’t like the gameplay, as I found it felt dull and lifeless. However, once I passed the intro stage the game really opened up. You are given a map with over a dozen stages to explore each with multiple paths you can follow to the finish. The enemy design has a strong variety, and though you see a lot of the same enemies per stage, each stage offers new baddies to fight. You can talk to villagers to learn about the lore of the game or even purchase upgrades to your swords and bow.
Hunter’s Legacy is a charming nod to the games of our youth. It’s simple mechanics are more than enough for its price point. It’s always refreshing to see indie games get some light, and this is no exception, but I’d be lying if I said this didn’t feel like a super Nintendo game 20 years too late. If you are looking for the next big title, I can assure you this isn’t it. But if old-school is your style, then give Hunter’s Legacy a go.