Finally leaving early access and making its full release is the BenStar & Dear Villagers indie game, Revita. Arriving for the Nintendo Switch on April 21st, Revita will also move out of the Steam early access program. Revita is currently available for $16.99. So, how is the twin-stick shooter from Dear Villagers? Find out in our review of Revita.
Story: The somewhat limited tale of the kid and the clocktower
Revita is the story of Revita Kid trapped in the system of the clock tower. They were forced to battle their way back up through the various floors of the clock tower to each metro system. Our main character will also have to face each of the bosses that block each metro entrance, but he won’t be alone. As you explore the tower, you’ll be able to rescue and meet a whole cast of other characters that will help you on your quest.
There are some basic story beats here to get you moving through the game. However, you’re not going to find a grand narrative or anything, but that isn’t a detriment to this BenStar game. If a story is what you’re after, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Gameplay: Selling your soul for power, a challenging roguelite
Like many other roguelites, Revita offers a significant challenge to players. Using the twin-stick method of controls, the player will have to move and aim separately within pretty tight spaces, narrowly missing ranged shots, melee attacks, and traps as you climb up the tower. While Revita shares many of the joint mechanics with other rougelites, it does attempt to stand on its own.
Unlike many other games, where you’d purchase items, skills, and powerups with Gold, Gil, or some physical object for currency. Instead, Revita forces you to use your very life to pay. With each relic or stat improvement you gain, much of them will cost you life points, which will force players to make the decisions wisely. In addition, Revita will force players to embrace the concept of playing as a glass cannon dolling out catastrophic destruction but only narrowly missing death.
The mechanic that BenStar brings with Revita is undoubtedly clever and interesting while adding a challenge to players. The problem is with this added mechanic. The challenge may be too great for players to complete the game. In our review of the BenStar game Revita, we could only get to the fifth boss in his second phase before being stuck down many times mercilessly.
This difficulty may be attractive to players who wish to challenge your skills and temperament Revita is recommended. But for those more casual players, Revita may be something you want to skip.
Graphics/Audio: A well-designed indie package in Revita
Like many other roguelikes or lite’s, Revita is also visualized through the pixelated art style. While this art style is often found within the genre and Revita, that doesn’t mean that it’s terrible. Revita offers greats visuals with well-designed character sprites, varying lighted stages with detailed backgrounds, and a well-thought level design. The developers at BenStar did a great job visualizing their concept in Revita.
The visual design of Revita is not the only thing that was done well by BenStar. For example, the audio in their game is well-produced, pairing well with the graphic design of Revita. In addition, each floor has its theme musically that will match the theme of the floor and boss.
Between the well-designed audio and visuals, the developers over at BenStar have delivered a game that looks and sounds excellent with Revita. Even with the challenge of their game, it’s undeniable that developers at BenStar are doing their best work.
Conclusion: A challenge not meant for all, but definitely for some
The BenStar indie game Revita is an intriguing spin on the roguelite genre with its interesting currency system that certainly adds a more significant challenge. Revita is a treat for the eyes and ears, wrapped in a visual feast with matching audio. But this feast is not for everyone.
With their system of using life points as a currency and the almost claustrophobic spaces, Revita creates a challenge that may not suit all players. However, while even not being suited to all players, that doesn’t mean that Revita isn’t worth the recommendation. If you’re the kind of player that wants to put their skill to the test, Revita will sure do that.
After reading our review of the BenStar game Revita, you can find it on Steam or Nintendo Switch if you are interested in picking it up. Any more information about Revita can be found on their product page. Additionally, information about the developer BenStar can be found on their development page. Finally, you can also check out all the other Dear Villages games here.
- Well-designed art and music
- Clever Mechanics
- Addicting gameplay
- Can be too challenging
- Progression can be slow