Being the younger sibling sometimes has its difficulties. You accept everything your older brother tells you because he's wiser, like that umbrella will totally slow you down when you jump off the garage roof (not holding a grudge, honest). So when I learnt that Navigate Enterprise was releasing a game soon where you star as the younger sibling saving your older ones, it struck a chord with me. Greak : Memories of Azur is a 2D puzzle platformer where you take control over Greak, our protagonist searching for his older sister and brother and flee the terrible Urlag invasion.
All of the artwork and animation in Greak is hand-drawn and looks not only fantastic but, to me, evokes some comparison to games like Ori. Not only are the environments super clean and detailed, but the fact they went with a paler colour and shading for the main characters certainly makes them pop out. This game's main goal is to collect and build an airship to escape the Urlags by switching between and utilising each character's unique abilities. You can get up close and personal with your attacks with a sword and shield, a quicker, more agile short sword or even keep enemies at bay with ranged magic attacks.
The puzzle aspect of this game utilising all three siblings, Greak is the youngest and the shortest meaning. At the same time, he can stab enemies. He can get into smaller, more narrow areas that the others cannot, Adara, the middle child whose focus is on magic, levitating and diving, and truly enforcing the exploration of areas. Finally, there's Rydal the older brother, utilising a heavy set of armour, sword and shield. He's one of the best warriors but don't worry, he does have a Hookshot to aid his traversal of the complicated terrain. Greak : Memories of Azur will be out on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch on 17 August 2021.
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