In the year 3024, Earth’s natural resources are scarce, and the survival of the human race is in danger! The ASAN created a biochemical robot-ship-thing named Nep2n0 that can dive very deep into the ocean without caving under pressure. Nep2no’s mission is to find new energy sources. The ASAN discovered an energy source called Gaia, and Nep2no has to find as many as possible. Will Nep2no succeed in his quest to save the world? All of that is up to you in Abyss! -Dallas Boe
Abyss’s basic controls resemble most old arcade spaceship games: hit the directional pad to aim your ship, then hit A to accelerate in the direction you’re pointed. If you hit any walls or objects in your path, you die. You also have to collect six glowing “Gaia” orbs, and if you haven’t by the end of the level, you still die. The Gia orbs temporarily give you more light to see by while you travel through the abyss.
My only real problem with the game is that the beginning levels are very hard (as far as beginning levels go), so it’s difficult to pick the game up at first without being discouraged. Once you get the hang of the controls though, it’s a very addictive game. The thrill that comes from getting every orb, and then just barely reaching the end of the level with out dying.
Abyss has only 12 levels, but trust me: you won’t beat them all at once. Thought the game does run short you can tell the developers worked hard on it; from the awesome music to the games cute 2D visual style, the game is very well polished. Once you beat the game you’re given a speed run mode, and on top of all that goodness, the sentence you see once the ending credits roll just makes it all worth it. For its cheap price point and awesome game mechanics, I would definitely recommend Abyss. Check it out on the Nintendo eShop today! -Dallas B.