Freedom Planet is a combat-based platform game developed and published by GalaxyTrail. GalaxyTrail was established in 2011 with only one person developing Freedom Planet, their debut game, but they have since expanded their ranks and are now an international team of designers, coders and more.
Freedom Planet transports you to a different time — a time when you couldn’t wait for school to be over so you could go home and play great Genesis games like Sonic, Sparkster and Gunstar Heroes, because that’s what this game is, a great reminiscence of 90s games, of a time when we didn’t mind visuals, resolutions or FPS, and we enjoyed playing games as they were.
The game puts us in the skin of three playable characters:
-Lilac: A pink dragon with the ability to dash and spin through the air and whip enemies with her hair. She’s the strongest and fastest of the three.
-Carol: A green wildcat with fast-like ninja attacks who can climb walls ala Megaman X. She also has a motorcycle. Cool!
-Milla: A white basset hound that can fly with her ears and use magic to shield herself or to summon blocks. She’s the squishier of the three.
Together they will join forces with an alien called Torque, who is on a mission to stop the evil Lord Brevon, another alien from beyond the stars who wants to drain the life out of the planet in order to rebuild his star ship and fulfill his dreams of galactic conquest. Throughout the game we will meet more powerful foes, but also invaluable allies, all of them greatly designed and with excellent voice acting.
The gameplay is fast-paced and full of action. There are lots of different enemies and bosses, from giant snakes to spaceships, and they will get harder and harder as you progress through the game.
Each level has multiple paths that you can take to finish it and is full of interactible elements, some of them benign and some of them extremely dangerous (spikes, yay!)
The only way to go through all of this is to collect hidden lives from the levels, or obtain crystals (like you’d get Sonic’s rings), as every time you collect 200 of these (300 in Hard difficulty) you will automatically be rewarded with one extra life.
The levels, characters, enemies and items are all presented in a beautiful 16-bit artstyle, and this, plus the background music of every level, is guaranteed to take you back to the your childhood.
Overall, Freedom Planet is an awesome game that will make you want to play it over and over again, due to its different play styles with each playable character (each one with a few levels exclusive to them, too), and after that you’ll go crazy trying to beat the high scores of other players — there’s also a time attack mode.
And if all of this doesn’t sound awesome by itself, the nostalgia brought up by this game is enough to keep you entertained for hours and hours on end.