Indie Game Spotlight – Apotheon

By – Drew Martz

            Hello everyone, and welcome back to Indie Game Spotlight, where I take an indie game that I have enjoyed recently and talk about it, because who doesn’t like talking about games they like?

Often on Indie Game Spotlight, I talk about games that have very striking visuals. I am a very aesthetically driven person; in other words, I am drawn to pretty games. There are some games, for instance, where I am immediately interested in playing them from their visuals alone. This week, we’ll be shining the spotlight on such a game, developer Alientrap’s Apotheon.

 

Apotheon was an intriguing game to me from the very first time I laid eyes on it. It’s immediately obvious why: theentire game’s visuals are drawn as if it were painted on the side of a Greek vase. Traditional Greek patterns adorn almost every aspect of the game’s presentation, and the predominantly orange and black setting is striking. At times, you can even make out cracks in the background, as if everything was actually set on dried clay. In short, the visuals of Apotheon are what makes this game stand out from the pack, as its story and gameplay don’t really bring anything new to the table.

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The story of Apotheon is concise: the gods of Olympus have forsaken humanity, and it is up to Greek warrior Nikandreos to teach those gods a lesson in humility. Nikandreos is assisted by Hera, who is fed up with her arrogant and unfaithful husband, and with her blessing, our protagonist ascends to Olympus to start hunting the gods down. The story is nonlinear and therefore allows the player to go fight the gods in any order, giving the game an almost open-world feel. Furthermore, as a bonus, you get a lot of background into Greek mythology.

 

The gameplay of Apotheon is equally as simple. There’s one button to attack, one to block, and one to dodge. There are a multitude of different weapons, armor, and shields to pick up, although they break periodically. The game also features a basic crafting system. The lack of depth to the battle system hurts the game a bit, but the game tries to keep itself fresh by introducing different challenges in each god or goddess’s domain. The controls can also be somewhat difficult at times; there were times during platforming sections where I had trouble making it from platform to platform due to sticky walls, and others when I would dodge past someone only to be facing the opposite direction and be unable to turn around instead of walking backwards.

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Overall, I would definitely say Apotheon is worth a play if for any reason just to experience the atmosphere of the game. The gameplay isn’t anything new, but does a game necessarily have to innovate just to be fun? Apotheon definitely has a throwback feel, which adds to the antiquity theme of the game, in my opinion. You can grab Apotheon on Steam for $14.99.

That’s all for this week! See you next week!

 

 

About the blogger

aaaaDrew Martz is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science, and has been an avid gamer since he was only 5 years old. His favorite games include League of Legends, Pokémon, and Animal Crossing, but also is a big fan of the RPG genre.  His dream job is to be a character designer.  In his downtime, when he’s not playing games or following E-Sports, Drew enjoys binge-watching TV shows on Netflix and YouTube videos.