Pronty is an underwater Metroidvania with a terrific combat hook

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Pronty: Fishy Adventure launched on Steam this week. It’s Metroidvania set underwater, which because of Aquaria will probably be a fairly acquainted idea to connoisseurs of indie video games. But Pronty’s standout characteristic is its weapon, a form of cyborg swordfish that has a thoughts of its personal, and it offers the game’s combat a very enjoyable hook.

You play as Pronty, a little anthropomorphic fishy assigned as a defender of a fallen undersea metropolis. The creatures round that metropolis have mutated on account of air pollution, and – this being a Metroidvania – you’ll should discover the encircling waters, preventing monsters and fixing puzzles to unlock new skills that may open entry to new areas.

Your javelin assaults wherever you click on, and you’ll mash your mouse button to put out assaults on the enemies. But Pronty strikes slowly whereas directing the javelin, and you continue to should dodge assaults – so principally, you’re controlling two characters directly. Eventually you’ll get skills like a sprint that marks enemies for additional harm from the javelin’s assaults, forcing you to regulate your self and your weapon in ever-tighter live performance.

The opening hour or so of Pronty is fairly sluggish, with a load of exposition and dialogue to run by way of, however the energy of the combat has me to see the place it goes. There’s a free demo on Steam.

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Pronty is additionally scheduled to return to Switch and Xbox within the first quarter of 2022, although it’s robust to think about how these mouse-driven controls are going to work on a gamepad.