If you’ve never played Long Hat House and Raw Fury’s excellent title Dandara, now’s your chance.
A free update has arrived for the game, with its name changing to Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition to highlight its significance. It expands the game by adding new areas, a new boss battle, new powers, new music tracks, a new bonus ending, and a new focus on story. Basically, it takes an already excellent experience and makes it even better.
If you’re not familiar with Dandara, it’s a Metroidvania-style adventure game that sees you traversing the world of Salt, fighting enemies, helping citizens, and otherwise trying to bring normalcy back to the lands. You know, the usual fare.
But not much else about Dandara is ordinary. The game adopts a unique movement style; you won’t simply be walking or running from one environment to another. Instead, your protagonist can only move by jumping from one wall/ceiling to another. Sticking to surfaces like an insect, she can only traverse rooms by zig-zagging between certain points of floors and ceilings. Along the way, she’ll use a ranged attack to defeat foes that stand in her path.
Like any good Metroidvania, Dandara‘s map is sprawling, spreading across a multitude of different rooms. Doorways lead to new areas, and you’ll frequently have to backtrack as you reach dead ends or unlock new pathways. It’s not always easy getting around; the game’s unique movement style means traversal becomes a task of strategy as you work out the best way to get from point A to point B. Not to mention the fact that your perspective of a room changes as you move from one to another, meaning you always need to keep your wits about you. It isn’t easy figuring out where to go next.
But Dandara‘s inventive twist on moving around is only part of its charm. Coupled with a beautiful pixelated art style, a fantastic and understated soundtrack, and an interesting world filled with lore to discover, it’s a real indie gem. Even better, it’s available for just £11.99/$14.99. If you’ve played Dandara before, the Trials of Fear content might not be enough to encourage you to play through it again. But if you’re coming to the game for the first time, you’re in for a real treat.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition is available on PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and mobile – and will be coming soon to PS4.