Treasure Adventure Game
Think open world platform adventure games (metroidvanias) like Knytt Stories and Celestial Mechanica are falling out of favor? Treasure Adventure Game is happy to prove you wrong. With its massive open world stocked from end to end with treasures, secrets, characters, quests, puzzles, and more, this old school throwback manages to combine adventure, RPG, and platforming genres into the kind of game you'll only have the honor of experiencing a few times in your life. Also: it's free!
An ancient legend tells of a world where all land was joined as a single continent and the people lived peaceful lives. An angry demon invaded the realm and threatened to destroy everything, but a wizard rose to the challenge and fought off the fiend. Before the demon was banished, he struck the core of the planet and sent a tidal wave surging across the surface, drowning most of the land and leaving isolated islands in its wake. The wizard knew the demon would return, so he hid the twelve enchanted items he used to defeat him in the hopes that a future hero could save the world when it was in peril.
Treasure Adventure Game begins many years after those events, casting you in the role of a boy who washed ashore on one of these islands. Now, it's time to go on an adventure! Armed with a hat (as all adventurers are required to have), a helpful parrot, a boat that appears whenever you touch water, basic platforming abilities like jumping and crawling, and treasure maps, you get to explore the secret-filled 2D world one island at a time, getting quests from characters that help provide you with the items you'll need to further explore the game's rich environments.
Treasure Adventure Game is largely quest-based in nature, and at any given moment you'll be working on at least one main task with a few others in the back of your mind. You'll encounter non-player characters in need of assistance, ranging from friendly forest mice to squiggly little worms trembling beneath the soil. Your trusty parrot pal allows you to communicate with these creatures, and he can also help you out of tight situations by allowing you to control him briefly.
Analysis: There is absolutely no reason for you not to fall in love with this title. It's huge, it's open, it's got a delightful retro look and feel, and it's packed with secrets and quests. And it's going to be one of the most wildly entertaining games you've played this year, no matter how many cool things you've encountered. Treasure Adventure Game has that magic "something" we all long for in our games but so rarely manage to find, the same sort of magic found in Cave Story when it was first released.
Treasure Adventure Game hides things all over the place. You should make it a habit to push against every wall, jump to every platform, and search for nooks and crannies to stick your adventurer's hat into every opportunity you get. There are hidden chests everywhere, including under the dirt and deep under the waters, and it's about as fun to find those as it is to work on the main quest!
If you like your games to start with a bang and keep the action going from the beginning, you'll probably find Treasure Adventure Game a bit slow at first. Sit tight, enjoy the story, talk to characters, and remember the details they provide. It all ties together nicely and helps fill out the world you'll spend so much time exploring.
The Treasure Adventure Game soundtrack has just been released, featuring music from the game, bonus tracks, concept sketches, and interactive maps of the entire game!
Simply put, Treasure Adventure Game is the captivating and satisfying game you need to play now. You've been waiting for a classic in the making, and here it is!
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