Play news A boosted FPS that pulls the cards! Experience Neon White
In a world of independent gaming, two publishers are advancing: Devolver, on the crazy side of Force; and Annapurna, which stands out with more “artistic” creations. But sometimes the lines are blurred and one as the other steps aside to offer a new original title. This is the case with Neon White, published by Annapurna. Let’s go for a new Wanted!
“Wanted”, your new indie column on JV:
Just out of the West’s borders, Wanted is your new column on indie gaming. But not just any! Those who are quirky and who have fun, for example, mixing two concepts that do not have much in common. We play it a little and we give you our impression. Come on, let’s go on the run!
We told you in the last Wanted: Indies have become masters at the art of mixing game elements that have nothing in common – at least in appearance – to give life to surprising experiences. Creatures of Frankenstein who are sometimes lame but occasionally walk on the fire of God! This is the case with Neon White, a title developed by the creator of Donut County that blends FPS action with a card game and visual novel. Why can it not hold? Do not move from your seat, sofa, toilet. We immediately prove the opposite.
UNO i paradis
We start with the most important. On the sidelines of its many originals, Neon White has, above all, an ingenious idea: the player’s weapons and actions are conditional on cards. Uh yes! Basically, at the start of each game, you can only move forward, jump, attack melee. Then you will find a yellow card, adorned with a gun. Two options are then available to you: shoot the surrounding demons until the precious power is exhausted; or “discard” that card – or lose it forever – to use its secondary abilities. In this case, it’s another leap. The other cards follow the same logic: violet, which gives you an automatic weapon, allows you to fire an explosive bomb. While the blue, decorated with a beautiful semi-automatic, is used to rush forward and cross the enemy. The sequences are numerous.
So yeah, it’s nice to cavorte with a belote, but what’s the point? To be more specific, the gameplay in Neon White comes first and foremost thanks to its level design. Here it is a sequence of very short levels – 20 to 40 sec. at the beginning of the adventure – where you have to kill all the demons and jump in abundance to reach the exit portal. But beware, the latter only opens when all creatures are eliminated. And if you are not fast enough, you do not have the rank needed to unlock the following areas. Can you see the case? Of course, Neon White requires being attentive, reactive, knowing which card to use and when. A real learning process takes place: each level must be understood, remembered to set the best time. Note that you will want as many attempts as necessary.
100 ball bet
Neon White quickly becomes addictive – exciting, reminiscent of the fever caused by a particular Hotline Miami. It’s simple, you only want one wish: to start the levels over and over again until you achieve records. The Annapurna game also encourages this. After a certain score, in each level, you can see your ghost to improve your route, unlock tracks on the best track to follow and consult a world table of best times. The game contains a total of one hundred areas, so you have plenty to do! As the icing on the cake, Neon White offers an offbeat and well-realized universe (monster killers in search of redemption in paradise) at the heart of a completely visual novel aspect. If it’s the gameplay that turns you on, it’s possible to speed up the dialogues without the slightest limitation. In short, in the world of angels and gods, there is something for everyone. One of Neon White’s strengths.
Dead or alive?
(Duration of the race: 1.30)
So should we go hunting for Neon White? After an hour and a half on the full version, it’s a big yes! If you’re looking for an original and dynamic action game, look no further! It is both addictive, well thought out and beautifully executed, even with a completely visual novel aspect that is worth seeing, but which can also be put completely aside (you never know if it is not your thing). You are not guaranteed the rest of the trip, but the horizon is more than positive.
- Neon White is currently available on PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch for € 21.99.