Bittersweet Birthday is a beautifully animated pixel art bullet hell action adventure where every combat encounter is a brutally tough boss fight.
In Bittersweet Birthday you awaken in a strange facility with no memory of who you are or how you got there. There is a friendly voice that talks to you over an intercom though, who gives you advice and asks you to come and save them. However, you’re not alone, there are unstable individuals who are attempting to hunt you down and each one will put up one hell of a fight!
Outside of the battles, Bittersweet Birthday you can explore the world, solve puzzles and chat to character as a traditional narrative-driven action adventure, but as soon as you enter a battle it’s one hell of a fight. It uses the same sort of design philosophy as Titan Souls, with every enemy you encounter in the game essentially being a boss fight where you’ll fail often and have to learn attack patterns and time your attacks wisely to succeed.
It’s punishingly tough, so won’t be for everybody, but if you fancy a challenge then there’s a lot to like about Bittersweet Birthday. The pixel art animation is excellent, the story is intriguing, the characters are interesting and the combat is very intense. A brutally tough birthday well worth attending.
Download The Bittersweet Birthday Alpha Demo Here (Windows, Mac & Linux)