The coolest new indie in town, Anodyne, is now on sale for a pay-what-you-want price as long as you give a measly 1 dollar. I just started playing it a few days ago, so expect to hear more from me sometime in the near future, but man is it good.
Anodyne is a beautiful tribute to early Zelda games. Link’s Awakening seems to be the biggest influence to me, and I’m perfectly okay with that. Anodyne isn’t satisfied with just mimicking the greats though, it goes to some dark places that Zelda hasn’t touched. Social commentary pervades the game, asking us why so many of us share so many of the same issues. Themes of loneliness and socio-political decline are some of the first instances that stand out.
The game also has plenty of pop-culture references ranging from Dr. Seuss to Twitter. Earthbound is one of the only standouts I can compare this to, and the comparison carries more weight the farther you get into Anodyne. The whole experience has an air of weirdness throughout, and I can’t wait to dig even deeper into it. I’ve only played about 3 hours as of this writing, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next time I load it up.
Also, the soundtrack ranges from terribly somber to wonderfully majestic, and I can’t wait to buy the shit out of it as soon as I finish the game. It is, in my opinion, the best OST I’ve heard in a game this year.
What Cave Story was to old-school Metroid, Anodyne is reaching the same incredible heights as a loving tribute to Zelda.