Accompanied by a cute robot we made Aurora’s Journey and the Pitiful Lackey Speedrun review. The title of The Not so Great and Gammera Nest, created thanks to the PlayStation Talents initiative, combines run’n’gun elements with other quintessential side-scrolling adventures. Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of traveling.
The story of Aurora’s journey and the pathetic footman
All adventures begin with one small step. This is also the case with the events surrounding Aurora Aylesworth, a 19-year-old young astronomer. The girl goes in search of her father, who disappeared four years earlier while investigating the remains of a spaceship that fell to Earth in 1908.
If the timing definitely strikes you as peculiar, know that it’s not the only atypical element of the plot. From Eureka, this is the name of the starship, some creatures called robots. Totally devoid of memory, creatures have begun to integrate into society. Unfortunately, in addition to the friendly robots, more aggressive robots are mentioned Brainless. For some reason, these deformed and unintelligent versions seem to want to hinder Aurora in her mission.
The very simple graphic style helps to soften the tones, making the adventure accessible to every type of player. Despite the presence of weapons and “monsters”, Aurora’s Journey and the Pitiful Lackey should easily adapt even to younger players, although some scenes may be difficult to interpret.
Fortunately, the young woman can defend herself during the adventure with the help of Copernicus, a special weapon created by scientist Rachmaninoff with pieces of an old telescope. Everything is well themed, although quite banal and monotonous. The narration isn’t the game’s flagship feature though, so much so that the longer dialogues are often ignored. The whole is too localized only in English (with spoken commentary in Spanish), a choice that makes it more difficult to follow the events.
The gameplay of Aurora’s Journey and the Pitiful Lackey
In terms of gameplay, The Not so Great’s title is pretty lame right off the bat. As already expected, Aurora’s Journey and the Pitiful Lackey is a simple side-scrolling action platformer to harass the robots that appear before us with blows. Occasionally it will also be necessary to solve environmental puzzles, to conquer otherwise inaccessible areas. But forget about Metal Slug’s glory or Cuphead’s quality: the gunfight is basically humiliating and doesn’t deliver positive thrills.
The shots come with no impact, the special move that can be activated by loading a special bar is slow and often fails against the bosses and overall everything seems stale and determined. Not even the possibility of use our companion as a throwing weapon (also useful for activating some switches) solves a game that is always slow and not very fun. In fact, the need to refill the “Dignity” bar in order to launch it is the only fun element of the title’s gameplay.
On the other hand, the tests that require a minimum of gray matter are instead made discreet, with simple but never too trivial puzzles. The same goes for the boss fights that despite a level of difficulty that is always very low, requires the metabolization of seizure patterns. Even the design of the opponents and the Brainless, albeit repetitive, is noticeable, as are the settings that mix “alien” areas with other more natural areas. Nothing to cry out for a marvel or filled with polygons, but still noticeable in terms of style and colors. On the other hand, the controls, woody and incredibly dated, as well as the mini-games could be revised. Proof of delivery of goods (did someone say JustEat?) will surely come back to haunt us in some nightmare.
The audio sector is discreet, but with the inexplicable choice to leave commentary in Spanish here and there by the protagonist. Finally, little to say about the longevity: completing the main story, which is also the only thing the game offers, requires about five hours. Very little, also considering the price at which the title is offered. However, the most complicated part will resist the boredom and repetition of the work of The Not so Great team.
Aurora’s journey and the pathetic lackey Platinum
If you’re looking for an easy trophy list to complete, Aurora’s Journey and the Pitiful Lackey is for you. 28 cups in total, including platinum: To get the blue cup, you must complete a number of different requests and complete the story. Nothing complicated, as long as you last until the credits. Then you can celebrate a new sparkling Platinum.
Source : PlayStation Bit
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