What is it with Japanese developers and platformer, arena-style, beat-em-up fighting games? Granted, most of them are based off anime which also happen to involve a lot of arena-based, beat-em-up fighting. Generally you get a range of characters, each with their own abilities and play through a series of levels thinly veiled as a coherent story, along with various challenge and versus modes. They’re very repetitive, formulaic and require either a lot of button mashing or an intense knowledge-base to pull off the combos. But on the contrary, they’re generally a rewarding play if you’re a fan of the series they’re based on and have some fun multiplayer elements. Some great games have come from this genre such as Super Smash Brothers or the slightly more derivative, Mortal Kombat.
As far as I can find, Fairy Bloom Freesia is not based off any anime or manga and it makes some big changes to a relatively popular and widespread genre. Instead of multiple characters, you have one who, amongst her fighting and over-exaggerated anime grunts, gains experience as you defeat enemies. This experience is used to level up arbitrary stats, unlocking more combos. You have the general light hit, heavy hit, jump and possible another button I never cared about which are used to perform combos and that’s the entirety of the fighting. The arena is tiny as consisting of two platforms, the ground with borders either side. The enemies, who are nothing more than blobs and twigs, constantly emerge to attack until you defeat them all.
Once I figured out this game could only be played with a game pad (which is odd for a PC only game), I played right up until a boss level, which proved incredibly difficult as the boss occupied the majority of the screen (I could barely jump over it) and my statistic and combo choices obviously weren’t optimal. Up until that point, every previous level had been incredibly easy, repetitive, went on for way too long and shit-boring.
Fairy Bloom Freesia takes a well-established genre and makes some significant changes that has resulted in an awful, awful game. There’s also no multiplayer. Don’t play it.Cover Image