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Thymesia Review – Niche Gamer


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A essential character with a plague physician masks is at all times a simple solution to catch my consideration, and Taiwanese developer OverBorder Studio delivered simply sufficient of my favourite issues of their announcement trailer for Thymesia to get me intrigued. Now that the sport has lastly launched, did the curiosity convert to enjoyment?

Developer: OverBorder Studio
Writer: Crew 17
Platforms: Microsoft Home windows, PlayStation 5 (Reviewed), Xbox Collection X|S
Launch Date: August 18th, 2022
Gamers: 1
Value: $24.99 USD 

Thymesia is a little bit of a complicated title – in actual fact, I couldn’t even discover an official solution to correctly pronounce it. The sport facilities round its masks carrying protagonist, who’s code title is Corvus, and he’s seemingly acquired a little bit of amnesia, because the world has been wracked by a plague that nobody appears to recollect the way it took place. Corvus’ mission is to retrace the reminiscences of prior footsteps, and utilizing the facility of alchemy, discover a solution to put a cease to the plague that’s engulfed the world.

As there’s no voice performing within the recreation, I went to Youtube to search out Crew 17 members saying the sport’s title – which they known as it Thigh-me-see-ah, however given the occasions of the sport, I consider the title ought to really be pronounced Thyme-easy-yah, as these phrases would make each allusions to Thyme as an alchemical part in addition to Amnesia because it’s the central plotline of the story.

At any charge, pronunciation apart, Thymesia is a pleasant tackle the favored Soulslike style. It’s not too deep however simply intricate sufficient to be attention-grabbing, it’s comparatively quick as there’s solely 4 playable biome areas, and the fight is each fast and punishing.


At first fight feels a little bit too harsh, as there’s a significantly much less beneficiant window for error off the bat, however fortunately that begins to ease up as you acquire new perks. Corvus carries a rapier which does most of his mild assaults, a set of Raven feathers he can rapidly throw as a way to draw enemies from vary, however Thymesia’s gimmick is Corvus’ spectral claw. The claw does large harm and works as a incredible solution to finish your combos for everlasting chip harm. In the event you cost up his claw, you acquire the flexibility to swipe plague weapons off enemies for a single use.

That is really a really cool mechanic since you’re not looting 40,000 totally different swords and what not that you just’re not gonna use just like the Souls video games, as an alternative you’re capable of immediately strategize by discovering an enemy with a weapon sort that’s most useful to you given your environment.

Early on, I’d wait to search out somebody with a hammer as a result of that weapon did large harm to enemies with a defend, or I’d seize a spear as a way to maintain my distance from enemies who usually are available with a flurry of assaults. Every time you kill an enemy, there’s an opportunity they’ll drop a weapon shard. These weapon shards finally provide the capacity to unlock a weapon which you’ll be able to then completely assign to your triangle button.

The plague weapon system is Thymesia’s reply to magic and spells, as you’ll use this recreation’s model of mana or power to forged these spectral weapons, and sometimes every weapon can be obtainable for 2 to 4 makes use of per full bar of power. A number of the weapons are fairly good, such because the beforehand talked about hammer or the greatsword.

Another weapons are solely helpful often, such because the spear or the defend, whereas different weapons are a whole waste of time apart from their bonus stats as you stage them up. The dagger is painfully ineffective because it assaults just like the spear however with out the vary which makes you extra susceptible than deadly more often than not, and the bow is nearly ineffective since you have already got raven feathers at your command.

The factor that shines greater than anything in Thymesia is the fight and it’s clear many of the consideration went into making their fight system rock stable. Thymesia options the most effective fight methods I’ve ever seen in a price range priced title, even when it’s not as absolutely fleshed out because it might have been.

Particularly, the raven feathers have lots of improve choices however by no means appear to be of a lot use apart from to tug enemies out of a pack or interrupt a charged assault. Whereas usually this might be a downer, every thing else works so nicely that it’s acceptable to forgive the ranged assaults for not fairly feeling completed.


As I discussed earlier on this Thymesia assessment, this isn’t a deep recreation neither is it lengthy, however all 4 of the biomes are extremely nicely detailed. The plague wracked city feels desolate and filled with despair, whereas the Sea of Bushes (clearly impressed by Blight city) is each as daunting because it troublesome to navigate. The Fortress seems good, but it surely’s a typical setting for the sort of recreation, so it’s not practically as particular because it might have been had this not been an ordinary set piece.

I feel I’d have to select the Royal Backyard space as my favourite of the 4 areas as a result of bloody moat within the library and the crystalized blood caverns that you just discover within the sub quests. The dearth of voice performing makes the story a little bit tougher to get considering, however there are notes and issues scattered all all through the world that assist fill you in on what’s occurring in a brand new sense that will help you make a clearer choice whenever you get to that time on the finish of the sport.

The music is completely chic and feels nice within the background, but it surely’s virtually a disgrace that you just’ve gotta cease enjoying to essentially admire it. In fight is basically the one time you’ll discover it because the sound will get a lot louder and also you battle with the pounding of the orchestra as you’re dashing and leaping round. Very similar to the sport, the soundtrack is simply about 40 minutes lengthy, but it surely’s a rattling superb pay attention.

Closing Ideas

Satirically, for as quick as Thymesia is, I might discuss it lots longer than different video games I’ve performed which might be twice or extra its size. Maybe it’s as a result of Thymesia ends with you making the potion which will finally restore humanity, solely so that you can see the outcomes of your decisions play out, after which the sport coyly asks you because the participant “Is that this the reality?” with a sure or no field.

In the end selecting whether or not or not you consider what you’ve seen to be true doesn’t matter as the sport merely routinely reloads your final save earlier than the ultimate battle if you happen to say no, however saying sure places you again on the title display (the place you may then reload your save) and I used to be really hoping for the Nier: Automata sort of ending the place it completes or deletes your save when you’ve determined it’s the reality.

In the long run, the factor I really like probably the most about Thymesia is that it doesn’t attempt to be something greater than what it’s. It doesn’t ask you to spend extra time than it’s best to should as a way to absolutely full it, whereas being simply lengthy sufficient to not solely depart you wanting extra however fastidiously not overstaying its welcome. It’s not an ideal recreation by any means, however it is a terrific first try from a brand new developer, and I’m going to be watching OverBorder Studio to see what they’ve acquired coming down the pipeline subsequent.

Thymesia was reviewed on PlayStation 5 utilizing a duplicate supplied by Crew 17. You will discover further details about Area of interest Gamer’s assessment/ethics coverage right here. Thymesia is now obtainable for Home windows PC (through Steam), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Change and Xbox One.


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