Review Information
Game Reviewed Toad and the Ancient Keys, by DustinVG
Review Author Roo
Created Aug 22 2021, 5:48 PM

General Commentary and Game Overview
Toad and the Ancient Keys is a Metroidvania gameplaywise and a Mariozelda graphicswise.
Pros + Good music
+ Good level design
+ Good length
Cons - The movement's a little sluggish
8 / 10
The gameplay's really good. The movement is a bit sluggish, but you get used to it after a while.

The powerups are solid, if a little boring.

The level design is excellent, and being able to see all the different paths here and there before you can access them feels both mysterious and fun. Funsterious.

The only thing I really felt the game was missing is a boss fight. I mean, come on, who builds an ancient pyramid/temple/whatever without a guardian? No wonder their stuff got robbed.
8 / 10
The graphics work nicely together. The logo's nice too.
8 / 10
The singular music track used in the game is excellent.

The sound effects are mostly good too, though the particular recording of the jump sound used in the game felt a bit annoying to my ears after a while.
Final Words
8 / 10
Highly recommended if you like shortish games, Metroidvanias, and/or Toad.

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