Contrary to popular belief alchemy isn't about turning lead into gold. Its focus is more on refining people into a pure state of perfection and self-actualization. But in this new title from Mosiakov Viacheslav, Linchenko Sergey and musician Kevin MacLeod we also learn that alchemists can only eat light, and that when it starts disappearing they have what's known in the biz as "A Major Problem". Clearly, this calls for delegations of adepts to research and study the phenomenon. High-level summit meetings to formulate a collective plan of action. Or, you know, they could all just assign the task of restoring the light to you while they stand around blocking your progress and imperiously issuing fetch quests. Take a wild guess which — and then set all of civilization to rights yourself in this gorgeous platformer, Alchemist!
For the alchemical novices among us, restoring the light is a highly technical process that involves scouring the landscape for rare ingredients with the [arrow] keys, bringing them back home and dumping them all into your gigantic metal cauldron. Seriously, that thing could fit like three people. I don't even want to think about how much it weighs but clearly alchemists have a much better nightlife than we've been led to believe — provided nobody minds the odd mermaid scale bubbling up in their hot tub, that is. The game is pretty sparing with its checkpoints, and this increases its difficulty due to the fact that alchemists apparently have the structural integrity of candy corn and a single hit will send you back to the last one. Your metaphysical scavenger hunt list is actually pretty brief which means that although this isn't something you'll get through on your coffee break, it's more something you should be able to finish over lunch. And you should definitely take in the imaginative design of the scenery (reminiscent of Brian Moriarty's Loom) and the fluid play mechanics of this cozy, atmospheric platformer.
Initially, the review mentioned the game as a 'metroidvania platformer' game. As here, on JiG, we listen our readers and as many of them do not share this personal view from Satori, we decided to remove this mention.