Nine Sols is a visually stunning hand drawn 2D action platformer adventure that draws inspiration from Sekiro, Hollow Knight and Katana Zero in a lore-rich taopunk setting.
Currently in development by Red Candle Games (creators of Devotion and Detention), Nine Sols is a beautiful and challenging 2D action adventure with Serkiro inspired deflection focused combat and a taopunk setting that blends Eastern mythology with cyberpunk elements. In the game you take on the role of a mysterious alien protagonist who is taken in by a village of humans after being thrown off a cliff and left for dead. Some time later you now have to complete the mission you came to Earth for, but your allegiances with the humans may complicate things.
The demo build of Nine Sols features a good chunk of story, one large level to test your combat skills in and two challenging boss fights. The combat is fast, fluid and skill-based. Learning to time deflections is key as it not only blocks the attacks but gives you powerful bomb charms that do some serious damage to your enemies. It would be nice if you had a few more attacks, but you’ll unlock more as you progress in the full game.
It’s shaping up to be a fantastic game with engaging combat, beautiful animation and a very fascinating taopunk setting. What’s perhaps most surprising is that the narrative is excellent too, with some great twists and dramatic moments that will leave you dying to find out more. Highly recommended.