About MetaMorph: Dungeon Crawlers
MetaMorph is an original hybrid of a dungeon crawler and an action game enriched with the elements of real-time strategy games. The game has been developed by FireFly Studios, also known for creating the best-selling Stronghold series. The game described herein is available on PC.
In MetaMorph players get to travel to a fantasy realm, where people enjoy their happy lives. This situation changes dramatically when the Death himself arrives to collect the harvest of blood. A player assumes the role of a daredevil, who is left with no other choice but to venture into vast underground labyrinths to find the Grim Reaper and put an end to his efforts.
At first glance, gameplay mechanics in MetaMorph build on a standard framework – action is presented from a top-down perspective, while a player explores consecutive dungeons and fights hordes of adversaries. Among the enemies, the most prominent are the pixies that occur in large numbers, a bit stronger, but smaller in numbers, animated skeletons, and the powerful golems. Because the main protagonist is outnumbered, a player has to think on their feet and timely adjust strategies. The player’s path is notably filled with countless traps, which pose a deadly threat to the main protagonist but also can be used to the player’s advantage.
What distinguishes MetaMorph from similar games are the abilities exhibited by the main protagonist, who, during his adventure, collects souls of the fallen heroes that grant him unique skills. Moreover, during combat, a player can transform the character into one of these heroes. Among the wide weapons arsenal, players get at their disposal two Rabbit Swords, Freezing Hound that freezes the enemies, and the Fire Nymph allowing controlling the flames. Each protagonist exhibits a unique set of skills, and a player has to carefully select them before starting a level, in order to increase his chances to succeed.
Even though the visuals featured by MetaMorph do not surprise with anything particular, the game is quite pleasing to one’s eye. Without a doubt, this is due to the game’s cartoonish style and rich color palette – each enemy type can be distinguished by his color. What also deserves one’s attention is the soundtrack that might remind one of the music featured in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.