8.5
Our overall verdict "silver"

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Inner Beauty

Young goddess, Divine is lost and without her powers. Confused, tormented and her past haunting her, she is in imminent danger. Something shadowy and unknown is determined to tear her apart from the inside out, obliterating her mind and soul. To save herself, she must delve deep into herself and the planet that exists within her. Red Goddess: Inner World takes you on a journey through Divine’s inner mind as she remembers her past and recovers her powers.

Red goddess is a non-liner platformer that combines exploration, combat and puzzle solving. The landscape is beautiful and atmospheric and the characters, although fairly titchy within the world, are still colourful and distinctive enough to stand out from the glorious background.

As Divine travels through her mind, she must collect crystals and coins. Crystals are used to open doors to new areas within the world, helping Divine to unlock both her past and powers such as Telekinesis, to move platforms and rocks, Rage, to defeat red stalkers, Fear, to defeat blue stalkers, plus grab and double jump abilities. As you collect each of your powers, new parts of the world are available for you to explore. Progress in Red Goddess happens in easy bite sized and digestible pieces. Collecting extra skills along the way allows you to gain experience and immerses you gently into Divine’s world.

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Combat is limited, but for those of us with a button mashing approach to fighting it’s almost perfect. It doesn’t take much skill to lean the special moves, such as melee attack or shooting fireballs that allow you possess an enemy. Divine can only kill similar coloured enemies and quick changes between Rage (red) and Fear (blue) during combat adds another level. However combat does get progressively harder as the game continues and you will find yourself from time to time swamped with enemies ready to knock you off your feet and you’ll struggle to get back up long enough to attack. Fights can sometimes be averted by avoiding enemy trigger points, and allowing yourself a more peaceful and calmer route through a danger zone. Gold coins can be collected to boost your health meter by purchasing extra health in the shop. Health can also be temporally boosted by finding one of the many health stations dotted around the place, allowing for a quick top up before the next battle commences. If you see a sudden abundance of health stations, worry, because a big fight is coming right for you.

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Boss fights are tough, and my top tip is to think back (far back in my case) to your middle school gymnastics lessons. Tuck and roll is the best way to survive a boss fight. Simply execute a perfect roly poly through his legs to avoid fireballs and punches, allowing you to get in a few sneaky hits yourself once his back is turned. Talking of punches, and maybe it’s just my twisted little mind, but when the boss hits you with a fire punch, it kind of looks like he’s having a poo. So much so that I have renamed this particular move the Fire Poo. Watch out for it, as not only will it kill you almost instantly, it’s a tricky one to avoid as you are trying to take it totally seriously but your brain keeps yelling FIRE POO. Welcome to my mind; it really is that puerile.

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I did unfortunately encounter a couple of glitches, even after the day one patch. Divine got herself backed into a corner during a fight and nothing would shift her, a bit like trying to get me out of bed on a wet Monday morning, or any Monday morning for that matter. And the one time where I dropped out of the screen entirely was a bit of a shock. Fortunately, Red Goddess has a plentiful supply of checkpoints and you are never too far away from one, so reloading isn’t much of a problem. Luckily glitches are now very rare. I would encourage anyone to see past them and enjoy an outstanding little game.

Conclusion

Red Goddess: Inner Word is beautiful. The landscape is truly stunning and the story keeps you so gripped you just want to play for longer and longer to see what happens and follow Divine’s story with her. Red Goddess is a stunning and atmospheric adventure and any technical issues fade into insignificance against such a spectacular landscape and story.

K Nicol Rating – 8.5/10

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K Nicol is a tea drinking, music mad cat botherer. She loves smelly cheese and is terrified of dubiously dated milk. Her favourite games are Street Fighter, Monkey Island and Cosmic Spacehead on the Mega Drive. Touch her pyjama collection and die. Follow her on twitter @Catpee