Whether it’s due to a taste for nostalgia or a genuine preference, there’s no denying that pixel art, two-dimensional romps have been seemingly ubiquitous in the last few years. Despite being an overall fan of this retro art style, I’d be the first to admit that some games simply miss the mark when attempting pixel art. However, this is something I’m unable to say about Aggelos, the dazzling 16-bit adventure game that was released on Steam this week.
If you’re a fan of two-dimensional games that look and sound like the gems of yesteryear, Aggelos should be on your radar. Shown off in a new launch trailer, Aggelos is a self-described “homage to Wonder Boy” that promises players modern game design with an aged, nostalgic aesthetic. Through this design philosophy, in conjunction with the game’s Metroidvania elements, Aggelos truly looks like it has combined the elegance of contemporary game mechanics while showing off all of the trappings of a 16-bit classic. Additionally, Aggelos sounds the part of a proper classic as well, boasting a charmingly authentic chiptune soundtrack to boot.
In addition to releasing the game on Steam today, publisher PQubeGames has announced that the title will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch later this year. While this gives gamers a lot of options, I’ll probably end up playing Aggelos on whichever console I can hook up to a CRT TV first.
Check out the launch trailer for Aggelos below, and you can now purchase the game on Steam here.