Metroidvania games are, as much as I hate to use this term, a-dime-a-dozen these days. Some more Metroid than Vania. Some more Vania than Metroid. This is not a bad thing because we get some truly great games as a result. We also get some not so great ones. By all accounts however, Rebel Transmute looks like it will be one of the great ones. As you can see by the trailer below, the game is one of those that is closer to Metroid than it is to Castlevania.

If you, like me, are constantly saying that you need more Metroid in your life, Rebel Transmute seems like the kind of game that will have you covered. Of all the Metroidvanias I have seen, this one is closer I think to Metroid than most if not all others. And that is not a bad thing. In fact it is a very, very good thing.

Explore a rich and storied world, fight colonizers, and unravel a dark mystery in Rebel Transmute! This challenging and intimate action adventure will see you battling cosmic bosses, befriending emotive bots, and transmuting your very being to find your missing mother. You play as Moon Mikono after she crash lands on Terra 6, a dilapidated research planet and her mother’s last known location. In this modern metroidvania you’ll embark on a deadly journey through an abandoned outpost on an alien planet. Each sector of the outpost will offer up its own stunning visuals, difficult challenges, colorful characters, epic bosses, and vibrant score.

-Press Release

I’ve been following the development of Rebel Transmute for the last couple of years and it seems to have evolved nicely. I’ve also seen hype for the game gradually build. And deservedly so. The game seems like it will deliver a pretty authentic Metroid-like experience which has a lot of people interested.

Evan Tor, the game’s sole indie developer, is going to be funding the rest of the game’s development via Kickstarter. Currently the game is scheduled to go live at Kickstarter on August 30th. If you are interested in the promise this game shows to give you a good Metroid fix, you should head over there now to add the game to your watch list so you can get notified when it goes live.

You can also wishlist the game on Steam right now as well as download a demo of an early build of the game. The developer has stated though that the demo is going to be updated to coincide with the launch of the Kickstarter that will allow players to play up to 4 hours of the game. Currently the game is aiming for a PC release via Steam. Hopefully it will come to other platforms as well at some point.

I love the promise this game shows of being a genuine Metroid-like experience and I personally hope the Kickstarter does well. Again, I really do need more Metroid in my life. And so do you, I assume. Heck, everyone needs more Metroid in their life, whether they know it or not.

A gaming replicant writing about games and replicants. Lover of coffee, cyberpunk, video games, techno, and old electronic music. Non-binary and neurodivergent.

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