Swordswallower is an action and platform indie game produced by Uti Azulay and published on May 15, 2020, in addition to being updated on March 2 this year, on the indie gaming platform "itch.io". In the game, you wander through a surreal world, with a gothic and psychotic style, carrying a huge sword. You cannot jump, but your sword has unimaginable power, so you must launch it in strategic places to pull you close to it, that is, your success in surviving this world depends on your connection with the sword.
Right away we see that Swordwallower presents us, in terms of look and style, a good old Metroidvania. You have a huge map with several locations that can only be accessed after obtaining the skills found in other, more specific locations. However, the similarity ends here, since its gameplay is very different from a traditional Metroidvania. You only use the WASD keys to move, and interact with the Mouse and, in this interaction, all your skills are summarized, and this is where the game becomes very punitive: your jump and attack are only restricted to the mouse, therefore, you will die a lot, but a lot, to learn how to use it properly.
As if the game was no longer punitive enough in this, it is also in your scenarios, since in some parts they have traps and monsters that can kill you, if you are not able to be skilled in the mouse. The same can be said for bosses, as they are challenging and require the skill of the player. The soundtrack is very good and combines very well with the dark style of the game, in addition to being hectic and sometimes chaotic during battles with bosses.
Despite being punitive, Swordswallower is an extremely fun game. The visuals are excellent, the gameplay is challenging and the soundtrack is great. It would be great news if the game was further expanded, given the huge potential it has. In addition, the game could have support for the controller, which could be something very cool. Check out the gameplay of the game on this link here and take the opportunity to download it on your page on "itch.io" below: