Glyph from Bolverk Games is a colorful 3D platformer that pays homage to the classics. Learn more in our Glyph review!
In Glyph from Bolverk Games, you’ll be taking on a colorful 3D platformer that pays homage to the classics of ages past. Life once flourished in this vast land, but after the great cataclysm, corruption swept the land, and it ended up being absorbed by the sand. As you can imagine, this means that the sand is going to be very, very bad for you! After being awakened by Anobi, you will take on an adventure that, at times, reminded me of fun games such as Kororinpa on the Nintendo Wii.
The game will get you started with a short tutorial section so that you can get the hang of things. You’ll roll around with the left analog stick, rotating the camera with the left one. You need to stay away from the sand, as this will instantly destroy you. There are also other deadly surfaces that can also destroy your character. As you roll, you’ll build up momentum, which will allow you to move faster. When you press the X button, you’ll be able to check out the progress for the current area.
Progress a bit further in the tutorial, and you’ll get to learn about jumping! You’ll be able to jump by pressing the B or ZR button… as long as you’ve charged up your energy by touching safe surfaces. And then, you’ll be introduced to the double jump! The second jump can be performed when you’ve powered-up on an energized surface. By pressing the ZL button, you’ll get to glide over a short period of time, which will allow you to extend your jumps considerably. You can also wall jump over and over again to climb higher, combining this with your jumps, double jumps, and the glide ability.
And then, there’s the smash attack. When jumping, you can press the Y or R buttons to smash downward, which will allow you to gain some extra height while charging up your energy, so that you can then jump, double jump, and glide towards a platformer that would otherwise have been completely out of your reach. Combine this with speeders, which will send you flying, and you’ll have a very good platforming time! You’ll have to keep an eye out for fragile platforms as you go from point A to point B because they will disappear as soon as you hit them.
There are coins to collect on every stage, and some will also feature power gems, keys, and relics to find. The keys are needed to open the warp portal that will take you to the next area. The coins are used to unlock portals on the hub level that will lead you to new locations. The power gems will be used to restore the different areas of the Temple City of Aaru, bringing it back to its former glory. You must also search for the ancient lost artifacts that must be returned to the temple as well since some levels will need to be unlocked by surrendering the artifacts you’ve collected.
Before entering a stage, you’ll get to see not only its name but also get an idea of how difficult that particular stage will be, based on how many skulls light up for it – from one to five skulls in total. Some stages will offer time trials on which you’ll need to try and complete the level as fast as possible to hopefully get a bronze, silver, or gold award, which will reward you with extra power gems. Stages will have extra collectibles for you to grab as well that will allow you to change the way your avatar looks, as well as the pattern for the trail it leaves behind as it jumps and glides around each stage.
When you die, you’ll quickly respawn at the start of the stage. The good news is that you’ll get to keep any of the coins and power gems you had collected, and any switches you activated will remain in effect. You will need to pick up all keys again, as well as any artifacts on the level. You can try to complete all objectives and bonus objectives in one go, or you can easily replay stages as needed if you want to 100% this one.
Glyph is a 3D platformer that is a lot of fun on Nintendo’s console. The game can be played by young gamers and veterans alike, thanks to the variety of main and bonus objectives to complete and the easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics. You can play this one at your own pace, taking your time with each stage or rushing through as you try and find the best route to take to speedrun each level. Glyph is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.
This Glyph review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Bolverk Games.