Glo Phlox is an upcoming top-down Metroidvania shooter, inspired by games such as Titan Souls and Hyper Light Drifter, along with bullet hell games such as Enter the Gungeon and Furi. The game starsCordette, a druid who lost her memories after being attacked by a shape-shifting wolf. To learn more about Cordette and the world of Glo Phlox, check out OnlySP’s interview with creative director Justin Sennema above.
Glo Phlox is a narrative based game, starting out with the protagonist, the elf Cordette, leaving her tribe and getting vengeance on the wolf that stripped her of her memories and powers. Cordette is a white-haired elf that is dressed in red, drawing a strong parallel to Little Red Riding Hood. Along the way, the player will learn about Cordette’s past by using nature to recover her memories and druidic powers.
The white hair of the main character is a smart choice as it helps to make her stand out in the world and allows the player to easily know where they are on screen. She also has a white druidic bird partner which will help the player locate items.
The gameplay is responsive and tight, making the bullet hell sections feel fair, but this does not mean the game is easy. Glo Phlox holds a challenge and demands some practice to beat and enjoy.
The world is worth exploring, the beautiful pixel art and puzzles add to the breadth foresty and varying biomes the game will venture through. Players will find new tools and abilities throughout the area that will grant access to past locations that were inaccessible.
Cordette comes armed with a cross-bolt that is able to shoot different types of ammo. This comes in handy when fighting bosses or even puzzles. Special ammo, though, is not infinite and thus needs to be replenished, making the player look for places to restock. Along with finding ammo the player will discover secret bosses and areas that give special upgrades.
Wandering the world feels much like Titan Souls with different areas and architecture hinting towards more lore and secrets. Exploring looks to be a big part of the story and fun of Glo Phlox, as getting further in the game opens up completely new types of areas to explore and incorporate new characters into the story.
Battling enemies is fun yet challenging as the character can not move while shooting such as older Resident Evil, adding to the anxiety-inducing aspects of bullet-hell fights. Players will have to be on guard at all times and be ready to use a blink-like dodge to get around bullets and time shots just right.
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