March 28, 2023

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Anodyne First Hands On Impressions


Anodyne is a new indie adventure game in a retro 16 bit style reminiscent of NES/SNES Legend Of Zelda games and other games like them.  It is developed by indie studio Analgesic Productions and published by Nnooo.





I have been fortunate enough to be given a early copy of Anodyne provided by Nnooo for the purpose of review, videos, streaming and this first impressions piece.  So far I have played about an hour and 20 minutes of Anodyne and have been having a lot of fun so far.  I have completed the first dungeon of the game and explored a lot of the overworld.






On first glance my immediate impression I got was that Anodyne not only looks like a 16 bit adventure game.  It feels and plays like them from the dialogue being very similar in writing style to those games of the past and the way the game plays and controls feels like an old retro game.  I am very much enjoying the game due to these facts.  With great level design so far and some good battles with enemies and neat puzzle mechanics in the dungeon to progress throughout culminating in a great first boss battle.  I have been very impressed with Anodyne so far.  Stay tuned for my full review coming soon.





Here are some words from Bruce Thomson, Business & Marketing Director at Nnooo on what inspired them to create Anodyne:

“We were attracted to the unusual nature of Anodyne which is inspired by games like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Yume Nikki while retaining its own other-worldly feel. There’s a brooding darkness to it which is juxtaposed with an irreverent sense of humour from some of the characters Young encounters. We felt it should be brought to console so a wider audience could experience its quirkiness.”

Analgesic Productions is a small, Midwestern US studio specialising in adventure games that mix strong, character-driven narratives with experimental, expressive takes on traditional gameplay mechanics.





Sean Han Tani, Director at Analgesic also had the following to say:

“Thanks to Nnooo’s assistance, we’re finally bringing Anodyne to consoles! When starting work on Anodyne during college, we never thought that one day the game would be on consoles, so we’re thrilled that the dream is now a reality! We hope that you will enjoy the surreal, dark and dreamy world we’ve prepared from your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.”

Anodyne will be priced at US$9.99, €9.99 in Euro countries & £7.99 in the UK. Regional prices may vary per platform depending on store conversion rates. Please check your store for full price details.