Mandagon Video Game Review

Mandagon Video Game Review

Henry Redfield, Independent Writer

Personally, I prefer to stay away from most free games unless I have heard something about them or have had one recommended to me by my friends. While I was skeptical when starting Mandagon, I was pleasantly surprised by its fantastic art style, its calm and casual gameplay and short (about an hour on average), sweet single level. Set in a vertical 2D world, Mandagon is based on the Tibettan idea of the afterlife, where one has to pass through a state of limbo after death. You start off at the bottom of a temple or mountain, and have to climb your way to the top by jumping, moving side-to-side, and using ramshackle elevators to aid your ascent. You can power magic elevators that can carry you farther than the other types by using tokens that are found inside various rooms that are scattered throughout the map. These rooms also allow you to access new parts of the map.

With incredibly easy controls (the main keys being A and D, with the spacebar to jump) this game invites everyone to explore the complex puzzles and secrets of the Mandagon world, even if you have very little experience in video games. Also, with no way to die and no loss of progress -unless you accidentally jump off a cliff and fall to a lower platform-the game can be stopped or played at any time without worry. But even if you do fall, the game never punishes you severely for it, and it lets you take your time with every jump. Mandagon has a level of replayability that is rare with a lot of similar games. It always has new things to discover, even if you just want to take a look at the terrifically detailed pixel art, or want to try and collect all five of the achievements. To people who do not enjoy 2D art and a lot of platforming: this game is not for you. I look forward to enjoying this game for a long time, and hope you will, too. The game is available on Steam for free on PC and Mac, along with its free art book which I highly recommend. I rate this game an 8.5/10. You can see gameplay through this link