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4 Feb 2024

REVIEW: The Great Rebellion on PC (Steam) by Kvltgames

Review by Jon Donnis
"The Great Rebellion" emerges as a vibrant amalgamation of nostalgic gameplay and dystopian storytelling, inviting players into a cyberpunk Europe teeming with rebellion against technocratic dominance. Crafted by Kvltgames, this 2D platformer, twin-stick shooter, and rogue-like adventure game for PC (Steam) transports gamers to the year 2085, where every pixel pulsates with retro-styled glory.

Set against a backdrop of authoritarian control and digital transcendence, players assume the role of a freedom fighter thrust into the heart of a burgeoning rebellion. The narrative unfolds amidst the chaos of a world seeking to enslave humanity within the confines of blockchain and digital immortality. As the protagonist, players navigate through dynamically generated levels, each playthrough offering a fresh tapestry of challenges, companions, and weapons.

One of the game's standout features is its algorithmic level generation, ensuring that no two adventures mirror each other. This dynamic gameplay element infuses each session with renewed excitement, granting players the freedom to carve their own path through the dystopian landscape. Moreover, the inclusion of a HUB world, "The Waldgang," serves as a sanctuary for progress and interaction, elevating the sense of immersion and continuity within the game.

"The Great Rebellion" excels in its arsenal of fantastical weapons, each offering unique mechanics and playstyles. From laser beams to explosive projectiles, the game encourages experimentation and discovery, enriching the gameplay experience with strategic depth. Furthermore, the incorporation of pop culture references and cheeky nods to European stereotypes adds a layer of humour and familiarity, resonating with players on multiple levels.

Visually, the game dazzles with its pixel-perfect graphics, evoking a sense of retro charm that harkens back to gaming's golden era. Coupled with an infectious soundtrack and immersive sound effects, "The Great Rebellion" succeeds in creating an ambiance that is both captivating and immersive.

However, the game does have its drawbacks. Some players may find the lack of customization options for gamepad controls frustrating, particularly those accustomed to specific layouts. Additionally, the overt political stance may alienate certain segments of the audience, mainly Liberals, so perhaps that isn't really a bad thing. This game is unashamedly BASED.

In conclusion, "The Great Rebellion" stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of retro gaming fused with contemporary storytelling. With its engaging gameplay, charming aesthetics, and dynamic narrative, it offers a nostalgic journey into a cyberpunk future ripe for rebellion. Despite its minor flaws, this "based" adventure earns a solid 9 out of 10, making it a must-play for fans of old-school platform shooters and retro enthusiasts alike.

Out now on Steam

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