Ever since diving into the world of Invincible by way of the animated collection’ glorious first season in 2021, I, like lots of you, have been eagerly ready for the day that Mark’s epic battle with balancing a secret identification, studying the superhero ropes, and going toe-to-toe together with his tyrant father will get became a online game.
Surprisingly, greater than two years after the present first debuted and turned Omni-Man into the most popular identify (and hottest ass) in latest supervillain historical past, we nonetheless don’t have that huge adaptation. We’ve obtained a cell recreation popping out within the type of Guarding the Globe, however anybody eager to don the yellow and blue spandex of Invincible has to jump over to Mortal Kombat 1 and get his dad in cosplay.
As a lot as I desire a full-scale gaming adaptation of Invincible (which is about as a lot as I don’t desire a cell idle RPG), I’m okay with ready a bit longer if it signifies that we get to see extra creative diversifications that allow us play by way of issues we’ve already seen and browse.
Enter Invincible Presents: Atom Eve, a visible novel that includes turn-based RPG fight that shines a highlight on one of many collection’ finest characters throughout her childhood. I had the possibility to play by way of two of the sport’s early chapters forward of its launch subsequent week and regardless of not being a large fan of visible novels, I was stunned at simply how a lot sense it makes for the collection.
The preview I obtained to play by way of included the sport’s second and third chapters, which largely simply adopted Samantha as she went about her day-to-day life as a standard child going to high school and interacting with classmates (together with fan-favourites like William, who’s simply as sassy as he’s within the present), and her life as a superhero together with the remainder of Teen Workforce.
As you’d count on from a visible novel, most of your time is spent speaking to different characters, selecting between totally different dialogue choices, and deciding how one can spend your time. A few of these choices are minor and simply dictate what’s being mentioned to sure characters, however a good few of them truly have an effect, like the selection to have a look at school functions in my free time turning into a subject of dialog later.
I’m unsure how a lot of the sport’s story will be modified or influenced by these choices as there does appear to be a set narrative in place a few mysterious lady in inexperienced, nevertheless it was nonetheless nice to see extra of Atom Eve’s interactions with characters we all know and love from the present. Since Invincible Presents: Atom Eve takes place earlier than the occasions of the comics and TV collection, we additionally get to see issues which have hardly ever been explored earlier than, like her and Rexplode’s relationship.
Out of curiosity, I determined to spend time with Rexsplode and be a bit flirty with him (regardless of understanding how that relationship ultimately seems), which was a very fascinating aspect to see for the primary time. After all, as soon as Sam met Mark I did what any good Invincible fan would do and set the course of historical past in movement by calling him scorching. No regrets.
These character interactions have been the spotlight of my time with Atom Eve, however that’s not all there may be to the sport, because it additionally has fight encounters that play out as turn-based battles. Though they’re fairly straightforward and didn’t put up a lot of a combat for anybody who’s performed an RPG earlier than, they’re a pleasant break from chit-chatting.
There’s a stunning quantity of depth to them, as nicely. I solely performed by way of just a few fights within the two chapters I noticed, however Atom Eve has a chunky talent tree with a bunch of various strikes and modifiers that have an effect on fight. Some are simply number-based, however you can even unlock a bunch of various particular strikes to spice issues up.
I undoubtedly most well-liked the speaking and decision-making aspect of the sport from what I’ve seen to date, however the fight has some promise and the dialogue sequences lovingly symbolize the collection. As a lot as I need to spend all my time setting Mark and Sam up, Atom Eve spends an equal period of time combating baddies and so ought to I.
My time with Invincible Presents: Atom Eve was extremely temporary at just below an hour of playtime, however I was impressed at simply how a lot it looks like an journey within the Invincible world. If its fight will get tougher and deep and its dialogue choices proceed to repay and have an effect on the story, then it appears prefer it’s going to be an excellent growth of the comics and present.
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