Escape From Tethys

We’ve spent some time with Escape from Tethys – a pixel art Metroidvania set within an off-world research facility teeming with alien life. While it doesn’t do much to push the genre forward, it’s competently put together and there’s a good sense of progression. Hellraid is back from the dead too. Explore the hostile environment, find secret upgrades and new weapons, and finally make your escape from this dark, hostile planet. Inloggen Winkel Startpagina Ontdekkingswachtrij Verlanglijst Puntenwinkel Nieuws Statistieken.

While we may not be able to escape to exotic, sun-drenched,locations this summer we can at least try to escape from fictional viciousworlds. A tenuous link, we know. The far-flung planet of Tethys houses aresearch facility plunged into chaos. As a scientist, it’s up to you to fightoff the planet’s primitive life forms while finding a way back to the surface,gaining new upgrades along the way.

We’re in ‘Metroidvania’ territory once again, only this time there are subtle hints of Mega Man – our blue-hued hero is equipped with an arm cannon, which can unleash a powerful beam, while boss battles are against diminutive foes and set in single-screen arenas.

It’s business as usual elsewhere – it presents a sprawling rabbit-warren style labyrinth to explore, set across lava, underwater and forest biomes, with most areas having multiple exits. Every area has vital save rooms to discover too (there’s no autosave, incidentally) as well as a teleporter which helps reduce backtracking.

The map is invaluable, showing which areas are yet to be explored fully. It’s a shame it isn’t on-screen at all times – as Metroidvania’s go this one is remarkably open, making it easy to become lost. There’s no handholding or even a list of objectives – you’re left to freely explore and discover where the upgrades lie.


Health point boosters and larger energy tanks are commonly found – assisting the general sense of progression, and sometimes sneakily hidden – whereas essential upgrades are infrequent. Sadly, these are typical for the genre including boost thrusters that bestow a double jump, and the ability to dash across large gaps.

Most locations feature several enemy types, all of whichhave their own attack patterns. There’s a neat ‘primitive’ feel to the creatureassortment, with many resembling early lifeforms. The fish in the underwaterarea are the most persistent, nipping at your heels. For the most part, enemiescan be easily avoided – Easy Mode grants 30 hit points (i.e you can withstand agenerous thirty hits before dying) and save rooms additionally restore health.Occasionally you’ll have to frantically hotfoot it back to safety with littlehealth while at risk of losing all progress since your last save.

It’s clear developer Whimsical has a passion for the genre, with a fondness for the early Metroid games in particular. This is a competently put together experience with some surprisingly soothing music – instead of chiptunes, it has a much more contemporary score – and a decent size game world to explore.

Although the pixel art is on the crude side, a few effects – such as camera panning, and rooms lit only by the nameless lead’s headtorch – help bolster presentation. Adding to this, the recoverable data logs are well written too.

While Escape from Tethys doesn’t do anything to push thegenre forward, neither is it a step backwards – it’s delivered with confidenceand is consistently enjoyable. Genre diehards may roll their eyes when it comesto its mechanics; newcomers are in for a solid, if unspectacular, time.

Evgeniy Kolpakov t/a Sometimes You
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Release date:Aug 12, 2020





Subtitles: English


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Release date:Aug 12, 2020




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Subtitles: English

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You're trapped, alone and cold on a distant planet. Pursued by a droid with only one purpose: killing everything. You must find an escape. Explore the hostile environment, find secret upgrades and new weapons, and finally make your escape from this dark, hostile planet...
Escape from Tethys is difficult action adventure metroidvania game set on the remote planet of Tethys. You are a scientist responsible for developing new weapons tech, when things go awry.
- Explore the mysterious, dark world of Tethys.
- Confront and defeat the strongest creatures of the planet.
- Find and unlock 20+ unique upgrades scattered across five different biomes.
- Use new weapons and abilities to fight your way to the planet's surface... and escape!
Alone. Cold. Scared. Pursued. Only the strongest and smartest will make it out alive.
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