Being focused around one of the most powerful characters in the Invincible universe, you’re obviously going to get more out of Invincible Presents: Atom Eve if you’re already familiar with the comics or animated series it’s based on. That said, however, there’s still a lot here to enjoy for those who simply like absorbing themselves in a comic, visual novel or even RPG.
Much like The Boys, Invincible offers an alternative insight into the lives of superheroes. And that’s largely the reason why Invincible Presents: Atom Eve really captures your attention. Here, you become Atom Eve, a young female superhero who’s a bit of a loner. Navigating her busy days, where she’s trying to juggle fighting crime, appeasing her parents and finding herself, doesn’t come easy. Being a superhero would surely be hard for anyone, but for a teenager it’s especially troublesome: hormones, expectations and having to make decisions that could have a major impact on your future all mixed together? Not good.
Invincible Presents: Atom Eve eases you in gently. Anyone can play a visual novel – it’s just a case of pressing buttons to progress text, perhaps making the odd important decision along the way. It’s the turn-based combat you really need to get your head around, as its can be surprisingly challenging. Encounter a villain, and more often than not, combat commences. Like in any turn-based RPG you have the usual options such as attack and defend, and you can perform multiple actions until your energy is depleted.
Ultimately, it’s your management of energy that’s really important here. You’ll acquire more skills depending on how you develop Atom Eve as you level up. Each skill requires a set amount of energy, and you even have access to a powerful beam ability that uses up all your available energy, dealing more damage depending on the amount of energy used. Sometimes, then, it pays to conserve your energy by ending your turn early. You need to employ a solid strategy.
What makes the combat in Invincible Presents: Atom Eve particularly challenging is that you’re generally fighting by yourself against multiple opponents. And so, even if you make effective use of your abilities, you’re going to get hurt. Sometimes you have other things to worry about as well, such as saving civilians in peril. A fight against a group of thugs early in the game, for example, also requires you to find time to use your Glue skill to secure a bus teetering on the edge of a bridge. You need to prioritise targets, watch out for their attacks, and use your energy appropriately.
Outside of combat, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve is largely a passive experience, but it’s no less gripping. There’s a thoroughly engaging story here from the off, finding Atom Eve and co. encountering a mystery that just has to be solved. On top of that, you’ve got Atom Eve’s everyday life to care about, and you’re in control of how much of it plays out. Do you actually find time to fill in your college application or keep putting it off? How do you tell your parents about your super powers? And do you really want Rex to be your boyfriend? These are for you to decide.
All in all, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve proves to be an enjoyable journey whether you’re familiar with the world of Invincible or not. It’s got good writing, beautiful art, and challenging encounters that really make you think about your actions. Sure, you’ll get more out of it if you’ve read the comics or watched the show, but anyone that appreciates a good visual novel or wants to delve into the life of a teenager with the added burden of super powers will find a lot to love here.