Day 35: Mithra – Episode 1, Chapter 1

Posted: 2010/12/14 in Indie Games
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I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #35, and today’s game is “Mithra – Episode 1, Chapter 1”.

Originally entitled Mithra: The Calling, Chapter 1 and released for XBL Community Games back in March 2009, this was perhaps the first action/adventure released on what would eventually be called the Indie Games channel. Mixing action, adventure, puzzle solving, and platforming together with a narrative, there’s a lot to like in this 240 Microsoft Point game.

My favourite element of Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee was switching back and forth between Abe and Munch to solve puzzles. Mithra Chapter 1 employs some of that and to good effect. The game successfully blends together its disparate elements. If I were to criticise the game in any way it would be to note that the voice acting is a bit uneven. The game may seem short to some people, but for 240 MSP the length is reasonable. How short it feels will also, in no small part, depend on how quickly you deduce the puzzles, and I found they took a bit of sussing out. Thankfully, the people behind the game have an official walkthrough on their website so if you get stuck on a puzzle the tools are there to get past it.

Aside from the uneven voice acting, the presentation is very solid. While there’s been no word on a second chapter yet, the developers have rolled out at least one major update to the game so far, so there’s some hope for further development of a game series that has a great deal of promise.

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