[PlayStation 5] The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection Review

by EdEN, Owner

The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection brings us a pair of 2D action games in a single package. Learn more in our The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection review!


The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection brings us a pair of 2D action games in a single package. This one comes from Ratalaika Games and PixelCraft, and it includes The Adventures of Panzer as well as The Adventures of Panzer 2. Both games got Kickstarter campaigns for funding their development as well as a release on a physical Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge. The first game asked for $5,000 CAD in funding, and by the time the crowdfunding campaign was over, it had managed to reach more than $31,000 CAD thanks to the support of more than 380 backers. The Kickstarter for The Adventures of Panzer 2 asked for $10,000 CAD in funding and ended up with more than $37,000 CAD in funding and the support of more than 300 backers.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Since these games are NES releases, the controls are mapped as follows: the B button is set to the Square button, the A button is set to the X button, and the Select button is set to the Triangle button. You can go into the menu and remap these if needed. You can also use the L1 button to rewind time in case you end up making a mistake or two along the way.


Attacks are used with the Square button, and pressing up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad and the Square button will unleash Panzer’s currently equipped magic ability. For The Adventures of Panzer, his abilities will include the Holy Bomb, an arched thrown attack that deals good damage; the Hammer of Resentment, a hammer he will throw directly in front of him at high speed; and the Flash Heal, a quick healing ability that will heal one health point while using up two mana points.

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In the sequel, you’ll be able to play as either Panzer, mage Ahzriaz, troll nut job Vespeto, or the agile and nimble ranger Kankaro. You’ll be able to switch between them by pressing the Select button. Panzer will gain a downward sword thrust but will only have the Flash Heal from the prequel as his main magical ability. Since Ahzriaz is a mage, she will obviously focus on magical attacks. Her regular attack is an Ice Bolt that will deal good damage to enemies while also giving you a chance to freeze water. She also has the Ice Claw, which will travel over the ground as it destroys enemies on her path. The last ability is the Ice Spike, which she will pull directly from underneath an enemy!


Next up is Vespeto, a lunatic troll who uses explosives to make things go boom. He’ll use Toss Bomb to launch a powerful explosive that can break walls. If you press down on the left analog stick or the D-Pad and the Square button, he can use Stealth for a short period to go invisible. While in Stealth, he can use Gank that Fool!, which will allow him to use his pocketknife to stab an opponent. The last character is Kankaro, who will attack from a safe distance with a bow and arrow thanks to his Archery ability. He can also use Feign Death and pretend to have died so that monsters don’t pay attention to him. His last ability is Reload Quiver, which you must use to reload Kankaro’s arrows since his quiver can only hold three at a time. Oh, and he can also wall jump!

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As for the extras, you can check out digital versions of each of the game’s corresponding instruction manuals, allowing you to zoom in and out as needed to get a better view of things. You can also check out each game’s gallery for the Kickstarter main art, a game’s box art cover, as well as some of the concept art that was created while planning for each of the games in this collection, and the official art used to promote each project.


As for the trophies, I have good news and bad news. This one does have a full trophy list, and it’s also a Cross-Buy title, so you can download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. Each list has 28 Bronze trophies, 15 Silver trophies, and 2 Gold trophies to work on. Unfortunately, as of the time of writing this The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection review, one of the trophies is unobtainable, which means you can’t get that Platinum trophy. Hopefully, this will be patched soon.

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The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection brings us a pair of 2D action games in a single package. It uses a minimalist 8-bit NES-style presentation and a soundtrack to match. While the first game has you taking control of a single hero, you’ll be able to control two at a time during each level in the sequel, with each one having its own set of unique skills for you to make the most of. The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection is available for $8.99 as a Cross-Buy title, so your purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

Disclaimer
This The Adventures of Panzer: Legacy Collection review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.

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