Indietail – Magic Axolotl

Today’s review is on Magic Axolotl, a game where you draw spells on the screen to defeat enemies… and it’s just so darn adorable that I had to write about it. This game came out last week and was recommended to me by a friend.

Developer: Gato Alebrije
Publisher: Gato Alebrije
Genre: Casual, Arcade, Indie, Action?
Release Date: October 28th, 2022
Reviewed on: PC
Available on: PC
Copy was purchased.

Magic Axolotl may not be the longest or most complex game… but it’s certainly one of the most challenging experiences I had in the last few months.

The titular axolotl comes across a map to one of the stars that fell on the lands many years ago – but it’s guarded by a dark ghost cat in the night forest. Thus, adventure awaits! Huzzah!

Hence, you venture through a few different areas with many different enemies with unique behaviours moving towards you which have to be defeated by drawing spells onto the screen.

In terms of controls, the game supports both the mouse and drawing tablets to draw the spells. In my experience, both have their benefits and disadvantages but it doesn’t matter too much what you use to play the game.

What matters is… what you draw, how fast you draw it, and whether you make the right decisions. The game is easy to learn but hard to master. Snakes, spiders, birds and bulls are coming at you with many different signs on their heads. Draw lines vertically, horizontally, in an arrow shape or even as lightning to kill them all… and frankly, that’s it.

That’s the game. Runs last maybe 15 minutes and the game costs maybe two bucks. It’s really simple and adorable with cute animations and an amazing soundtrack by Vindsvept.

And well, there are just two difficulties “Easy” which is quite good in terms of difficulty… and “Very Hard” which I managed to beat… barely… but I still have to be successful in beating it without getting hit. It’s really challenging.

My two gripes with the game are as follows:
– You can’t turn off “screen shake”. It sort of hurts and is annoying.
– Sometimes, the game doesn’t detect what you draw or it detects an input but it doesn’t detect the correct symbol, meaning you draw an arrow when you only did a horizontal line. This could in theory be exploited but if you have to draw fast, accuracy is important.

Apart from that, though, it’s an amazing title that comes at a very cheap price and is incredibly fun to play. Go check out Magic Axolotl if you haven’t yet! (Also “very hard” and “hitless” is incredibly hard…)

This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken. If you like what you see here and want to see more, you can check me out on Twitch and YouTube as well.

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