Nine Parchments is a blast 'em type game where players work together in a group of four to chuck magical spells at enemies. The game is a focused on team work as you can play four player offline or online coop which is excellent. While at Pax West 2017 I was able to get hands-on time with the level they had present which was being run locally on the Nintendo Switch. It was actually rather fun to play with vibrant environments and fast paced gameplay.
You get a decent selection of spells and I imagine there will be even more with the full release. The level we played was split between regular progression along a mostly linear path and a boss fight. The creatures were distinct, colorful and always ready to attack. This design was carried forward to the final boss and that was a very vibrant enemy. There was a decent challenge in battling the enemies and the boss was interesting as well in this regard.
Combat mostly comes down to blasting away enemies by using an array of spells. You'll need to find what works for certain things as base levels of immunity come into play. With team work being important you can revive each other and it's best to focus as a squad. I liked the look of general gameplay as it was gorgeous, even being on the Switch. The visuals were impressive from the core creatures to the smaller details across a lively backdrop.
The mix of spells was impressive as the screen pops with particle effects and I really liked the distinct look they had going with it. I certainly enjoyed what I played and while it was brief, gave a good idea of what to expect for the full game. It should be an interesting coop game to play and a great one for groups. There will be multiple characters to choose and some variations for customization. The game is set to be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2017. I'll leave a final mention that this title takes place within the Trine universe for those that are fans of the series.
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