[PlayStation 5] Intrepid Izzy Review

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Intrepid Izzy from Ratailaka Games and Senile Team is a nostalgia-infused 2D Metroidvania on PlayStation. Learn more in our Intrepid Izzy review!


Intrepid Izzy from Ratailaka Games and Senile Team is a nostalgia-infused 2D Metroidvania on PlayStation. For this one, your journey begins when the titular Izzy finds an ancient treasure chest. Before she gets a chance to check it out, the thing opens itself up. Inside is what looks like an evil genie of sorts, and it vanishes Izzy to a dungeon by breaking the floor beneath her. He’s now the main villain you’ll have to fight against, but for that, you’ll first need to explore four different areas and beat the bosses along the way.

You’ll control Izzy with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as she jumps around with the X button and attacks with the Square button. She can perform a flying kick when she attacks after jumping, and she also has a mighty uppercut that is used by pressing up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad along with the Square button. The Triangle button will allow her to release a special fireball as long as she’s filled up the spirit bar at the upper left of the screen. You can also release this attack by using the now classic quarter circle motion (that would be down, down-forward, forward) along with the attack button – do know this will consume some of her spirit bar. The R1 button will allow you to look inside your inventory, and the L1 button will open up your map.


The twist? Izzy can find special costumes that she can wear to gain access to new abilities that can make it possible to reach new areas. And yes, her starting outfit also counts as a costume since it’s the one that grants her access to her mighty fireball. What costumes will you be able to add to your collection? You can find the mighty squirrel costume, which will allow Izzy to glide by jumping and holding down the X button. She can also catch an updraft while gliding, which can make a big difference. Oh, and she can also use a powerful drill attack while jumping! To change costumes, you’ll have to visit your house and use your wardrobe.

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Izzy starts her journey with three hearts, which is good for keeping her from dying from a single hit, but having more hearts is certainly the best possible scenario. Because of this, you should keep an eye out for any treasure chests you find, as well as any hidden paths along the way, since they can help you locate heart fragments. Collect enough heart fragments, and Izzy’s overall health bar will increase! You’ll need to find four heart fragments for this to work.


Since your health and spirit bar will not fill up when you complete a level, you might want to make good use of the coins you collect to purchase a Spirit Burger to fill up your spirit bar or a Slice of Life to fully recover your health. There’s also the Danger Noodles which, for a modest price of only 15 coins, will make you twice as strong for a limited time. You can also spend your coins at the arcade to play the three minigames on offer: Plerg, Ultra Bazoop, and 3D Wheel. Beat their respective high scores, and you’ll get yourself some trophies.

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Speaking of which, Intrepid Izzy has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to work on. And since this one is a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can try to add two Platinum trophies to your collection since each version has its own trophy list. Said list includes 12 Bronze trophies, 5 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies for you to unlock. The objectives to complete include fully upgrading Izzy’s health, defeating hundreds of enemies, collecting 500 coins, juggling an enemy in a combo, hitting an enemy to make it hit another enemy, beating the highscore in each of the three arcade machines, talking to animals, defeating each boss in the game, collecting the different costumes that Izzy can wear, finding the hidden mollusks, and beating the game.

Intrepid Izzy is a fun 2D Metroidvania on PlayStation starring the titular character who must find a way to defeat the evil entity she unleashed onto the world. Collect heart fragments to increase her overall health, and grab special costumes that grant Izzy new abilities to be able to explore new areas as you aim to add one more Platinum trophy to your collection. Intrepid Izzy is available as a Cross-Buy title at a $10.99 asking price, so your purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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Disclaimer
This Intrepid Izzy review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratailaka Games.

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