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(PS4 / PS5) Game Review

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Format: (PS4 / PS5)
Publisher: Assemble Entertainment
Developer: Grimbart Tales
RRP: £15.99
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Age Restrictions: 3+
Release Date: 21 April 2023

You are the only human left in a world full of masks. Guide Itorah through a fantastic world inhabited by strange masked beings. Mankind has vanished and Itorah seems to be the last of her kind. To uncover her past she will have to pick up her loud-mouthed axe and fight her way through lush forests, dangerous temples, stormy cliffs and more hand-painted biomes. Their innocent quest for knowledge quickly turns into a mission to save this strange new world from its biggest threat: A mysterious plague that threatens to consume everything...

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Itorah is a wonderful throwback to a bygone era

Itorah is a lovingly crafted, punishing retro platformer that doesn't disappoint, if you're a gamer from a certain era. Personally, having grown with computer games in the '80s, this was a wonderful throwback to a bygone era. It doesn't hold your hand at all and the accuracy is frustrating maddening at times... But then this results in more satisfaction when you finally complete a particularly punishing area. While the mechanics and level design are old skool, the graphics are more modern. If you have a spider phobia you'll probably want to prepare yourself for quite a few surprises.

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There's inspiration from South and Central American landscapes

The game also introduces new elements on a regular enough basis, that you'll always find something fresh and exciting to draw you in for "Just one more go". The environments, which take their inspiration from South and Central American landscapes, are hand-painted by the development team, giving the game its own unique look and feel.

Obviously, if you're not a fan of retro platformers then there's little for you to get excited about here, but for those of us who love a frustratingly hard challenge then there's lot to sink your teeth into with Itorah.


Nick Smithson

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