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Minoria

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Minoria is the latest and most ambitious game from Bombservice, and a spiritual sequel to the Momodora series, from the same studio. Fans of Momodora will find familiar aspects in the design and gameplay elements, as they master the ins-and-outs of parries, dodges, and a variety of different spells. The presentation has evolved to an HD format, with aesthetics mixing 2D hand-painted backgrounds and cel-shaded characters. The story takes place during the fourth Witch War. It is a time of fanatical religious fervor. The Sacred Office, a powerful organization leading an Inquisition against heresy, purges the sinners who threaten humanity. Those responsible for conducting a mysterious ceremony that contradicts the rules of the Church are labeled “witches.” Set forth with Sisters Semilla and Fran, missionaries in the Church’s service, on their journey to thwart the witches’ ceremony and protect the common-folk from heresy that endangers the status quo.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

I'm on a quest to play all the small, pretty games on Steam, and this definitely fits the bill!
It's an action platformer with an emphasis on story. Most things in this game (except maybe level design, which is standard Metroidvania) is meant to flesh out the story: the bosses, the music, the weapons, the record entries. Example: The first boss limps after you damage her enough, and curses you and flails at you while showing obvious pain.
So is the story any good? Yes. It's simple, and doesn't try to be anything but. But it's well-told, and the characters are very human.
The Short
1. A playthrough with all bosses and most secrets takes around 8 hours. A very intense 8 hours.
2. Very little backtracking.
3. The bosses aren't too hard. They're a good balance; the game gives you opportunities to grind, and a levelup is never too far away, but at the same time you will have to memorize the attack patterns of the bosses.
The Pretty
1. The artstyle is stylized and consistent. The character models are clean and yet manage to be expressive. The movesets are very smoothly animated and give a sense of grace in motion.
2. The story is well-told, and the worldbuilding is done quite well-done too. Nothing new, you can see the story beats a mile off, but the characters are humanly weak: they have crises of faith, they seek help, profess regret, die painfully. The villains aren't cackling monsters but humans driven by hate and love. And you can kill them.
3. Environmental design is beautiful. New areas are pretty to look at.

Review from Steam

I'll preface this by saying that if the only thing you want out of this game is just more Momodora then go ahead and get this, it checks most of the marks as far as the appeal of that series goes with maybe the exception of art style which is up to you.
I will however point out, that this game has made no real progress compared to Momodora RUtM, parrying trivialises all non-boss enemies, the map is really boring to traverse ( with only a single cell that I'd describe as interesting) and all its regions are comparable to RUtM's map regions, and i honestly can't say I'm a fan of being reminded that Dark Souls exists every time I kill a boss. The game also tries to have a more expanded lore compared to the Momodora series but it's all just serviceable at best because the game's length and exposition style doesn't really make for sharing an interesting lore.

Review from Steam

Surprisingly good Castlevania with nuns and incenses. Game is simple, but all this simple parts ave well done - graphics, music, characters, lore, exploration. A little bit easy and it's why I did no-hit run on NG, to raise the bar.

Review from Steam

Does anyone have all the coins?

Review from Steam

Played it for about 7 hours and practically did everything.
Despite the playtime, it was very enjoyable exploring the world and discovering more about the plot and the lord.
The gameplay is very simple, parry is absolutely broken and enemies sometimes deal an enormous amount of damage despite being high leveled.
Music is also very pretty as well as the visuals.
Ran perfectly on Steam Deck

Review from Steam

Scratches that same itch as Momodora, its like... Moremodora

Review from Steam

A short and sweet Metroidvania. A bit on the easier side since you can dodge repeatedly and it is very easy to parry. Your health pool is pretty low, but you get tons of healing spells to keep you topped off. Took me 7 hours to 100%, so whether or not that is worth $20 is up to you.

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