Review: Apotheon

“Atmospheric. Captivating Ancient Greek theme. Great attention to detail. Slightly flimsy controls yet most importantly, fun.”

Apotheon SS1

Alientrap Games’ Apotheon is an immersive indie 2D platformer with a uniquely beautiful ancient greek pottery aesthetic. The story follows Nikandreos – a champion of humanity – who rises up against the Greek Gods to steal their powers and salvage the fate of his people. As Nikandreos, you will scale Mount Olympus and challenge the Gods in their respective realms.

  • Apotheon’s gameplay is rather solid, with plenty of interesting melee and ranged weaponry (many of which historically-accurate) to choose from, making for healthy variation in playing style. Certain quests shake up the usual “run-stab-block-repeat-etc.” routine by posing puzzles for you to solve, keeping the game lively and interesting as you move along.
  • Great attention to detail is also displayed in level and character design, with most in-game locations having a different feel, as well as plentiful variation in NPCs’ and enemies’ appearances.
Getting mugged by skeletons should be the least of your worries when exploring the cold depths of Hades.
  • The music accompanies the game well and changes according to the environment you explore. Slow, gloomy music plays during your foray into the dark underworld while glorious tunes bellow as you storm a fort for example, creating an amazing atmospheric experience. The lyre pieces, in particular, give the game an elegant touch.
  • The storyline is average with a cliché god-usurper plot (and we all know how it always ends). Nevertheless, the plot is well-presented and executed tastefully.
  • Game length is pretty substantial, well worth its price tag.
  • A healthy level of appearance customization is also available for the hero, from leather caps to wolf pelts to the iconic Corinthian helmet, you get to look as ancient a Greek as you desire.
Xiphos in hand and a funky sea-themed mythical helmet to boot.
Xiphos in hand and a funky sea-themed mythical helmet to boot. Note the collection of sharp, pointy, hurty things on the left.
  • However, combat is slightly flimsy as attacks are completely mouse-dependent and can be annoyingly difficult to control when Nikandreos is surrounded by enemies, which happens fairly often.
  • While there is a healthy balance between range and melee options in the overall combat system, the variety of actions available within melee combat is lacking, being limited to a simple stab or an upwards/overhead swing.
  • Finally, the amount of armor pieces available for Nikandreos pales in comparison to the wide range possessed by the NPCs, a pity considering the amazing art style which girds the game.
I mean…look at this! Barring the mythical creature stuff, where’d most of these go? Damned skeletons, I tell ya.

Overall, Apotheon is a good game with a quality composition of 55% style 45% gameplay. Its form similar to the pottery art it emulates: carefully crafted and artistically flavorful. Now, before I run out of adjectives to use in this review, let me conclude by saying that:

Apotheon gets a solid B+ for its good quality.
A definite must-try if you dig its aesthetic and love classical history; a worth-trying if you’re looking to play a fresh platformer.

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