Certain games have always captured my attention with their art styles and gameplay mechanics. Castlevania and Metroid are a couple of these games. So when I heard about Binary Haze Interactive’s new title ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights I had to jump in on it from the first go. How do we feel about this new Metroidvania type game? Find out in our first impressions below.
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights was an unknown title to me until I received that email about potentially doing a preview of the early release. I watched the trailer and the rest was history. The art style is what drew me in to take a look at this title, but the gameplay is what held my attention. You follow Lily as she has to go and purify the spirits of people she once knew, but she doesn’t know she knew them. You are protected by a spirit knight and gain more through the purification of the level bosses. Each of these spirits has different attacks and skills that they add to your main character which is a fun mechanic. I played for a little while and beat the first boss and got to test out the new powers and I wasn’t disappointed.
At this point in early access, I didn’t hear much in the way of music, which is a huge draw for me towards these types of games. I know that things will be changing and added into the game down the road and that there are only to be three levels released as part of the early access program. It makes me feel good that they have a bunch planned for this title as it deserves to be played, and this is just from my meager little play-through. The battle mechanics, dodging, and spirit skills work very well in this 2D Action-RPG. I felt like a kid again playing Castlevania or Metroid for the first time. These are the types of games I myself would like to create and even dabbled a little bit during school with.
Based on my small playtime, ENDER LILIES seems a bit simplified, which isn’t altogether bad. Based on the trailer it looks like the simplicity will disappear and this title will become more difficult to play and that is a big plus for me. You don’t want a game to be overly easy for the whole run. Starting out simple and working your way into the harder grind is perfect. Some games start very hard right from the beginning and then you find yourself wondering, “Why did I do this?”
So far, ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights is a title that I will definitely play through to completion once it is fully launched. It has everything I want to see in an Action-RPG like it is. It is very straightforward with its skills and mechanics and thus far the story seems to be very good. I have not seen a price yet but we can keep an eye out for that later on. For now, I am really digging this title.
*Note: Our Steam first impressions were accomplished with a code provided by PR.