Copperbell: Is It Worth It?
For Whom The Bell Tolls
I was approached by the team behind Copperbell to review their game, and they sent me a steam key of their game. The best way to describe Copperbell is a 2D side-scrolling platformer. You are equipped with a weapon, and your main goal is to defeat monsters. Like most platformers, you will find that there are various dungeons and monsters get much more difficult as you progress. Without further ado, let’s get into what makes Copperbell worth it!
Copperbell has an interesting mix of action and narrative style elements. Throughout the game, you will be able to interact with objects that will give you a brief description of what you are looking at. You can also upgrade your bell at the hammerbell, which I thought was a neat element. I was trying to figure out why I needed to collect coins, but I am glad I did, and I hoarded more and more coins to get more health. Honestly, being able to upgrade my character was a feature I wasn’t used to in an indie 2D side scroller. I thought it was a really neat and intuitive feature and I am glad the team at Zero Fun, thought about it. Even a simple addition like that makes the game leaps and bounds more fun to play.
It is kind of difficult to describe Copperbell’s graphics, but they remind me of Don’t Starve Together. They are a little bit like a dark or gothic storybook. At first, I felt the graphics were a little cheap, but the more I played, the more I learned to absolutely loved the graphics. It was almost like watching a pop-up book, and for some reason, I was really into it. It was a breath of fresh air from the typical pixel graphics that we see in most indie games. Don’t get me wrong I have loved and always will love pixel graphics, but the developers took a chance on these graphics, and it was a bold move, but it worked well for them.
More About the Game
Copperbell is set to release on the 31st of July, 2019, so get your steam wallets ready. As always, we will be linking the game at the end of the article. Copperbell’s inspiration stems from the Kukeri, which were fighters of evil spirits, and the bell was a tool in their fight. Copperbell’s reason for existence is Zero Fun’s first attempt at making a game as a team. I, for one, am very excited about Copperbell’s official release.
Probably one of my shorter articles, but I think the best way to experience this game is to play it for yourself. It is a dynamic mix of unique animation mixed with comfortable combat and gameplay. I would like to see more games take a different approach to animation and graphics. Hollow Knight, for example, was hand-drawn and look at where they are now. Three things typically make up a great game. Art, gameplay, and story and Copperbell hit the nail on the head on all three of these. The subtle sound queues that you hear throughout the game were a nice touch. The fact that the story revolves around a bell that has human grandparents made me want to ask way more questions. The gothic animation sets it apart from every game on the market. I would say if you want something new and unusual that Copperbell is the right change of pace for you. For more info or to follow the devs check them out on twitter @Zerofungames. We hope you give Copperbell a try! Farewell Traveler.