If you're in the mood for some carefree 3D platforming then TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight is here to take you to a magical land.
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TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight stars the young lady Yukumo who's flying around in her little airship at the beginning of the story. However, she soon needs to stop when her airship breaks down. Upon exploring the town where she lands, she realises that there's no one in sight except for cute kitty-like critters who try their best to help her out. She also takes it upon herself to collect Sources of Earth in order to return the land to normal by dispelling the Twilight Mist. I'm sure the kitties will be grateful for that! v1d30chumz 3-239-112-140
When it comes to visuals, TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight is simple-looking yet beautiful, especially when you rid an area of Twilight Mist and watch colour restore. There are also plenty of small touches that make the graphics a treat such as Yukumo's cute animations as she runs and digs as well as the fact that cats can be knocked over when you bump into them which is as silly as it is adorable. Meanwhile, the soundtrack is filled with delightful compositions and chill beats from electronic musician Keitaro Ujiie which make the otherwise lonely journey feel fulfilling and whimsical. It all comes together to compose a memorable world that's a joy to explore.
The core gameplay of TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight is what you'd expect from a typical 3D platformer as you simply run and jump around while collecting coins and Sources of Earth; the latter being the main collectible that unlocks new areas and dispels Twilight Mist. The gameplay is definitely competent although jumping is a bit floaty. On the plus side, you'll acquire additional abilities as you progress such as an air dash that add a great deal of much-needed variety to the platforming. Anyway, the main challenge basically tasks you with discovering how to reach Sources of Earth as well as completing tricky rooms to unlock even more of them. Thankfully, you can spend the coins that you've been collecting along the way to skip any challenge room that you deem too difficult. 😅
Along with running and jumping around environments in order to collect more Sources of Earth, you'll also occasionally run into the odd puzzle which helps mix the gameplay up. For example, you may have to run around a maze in order to find the exit or memorize where disappearing platforms are. Moments like these definitely offer a solid amount of variety although I would have loved to experience even more. Combat would surely be out of place but why not throw in mini-games, timed challenges, and such?
Finally, although I mostly loved my time with TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight in all of its relaxed platforming fun, it does have its issues. Remember I said that the jumping is floaty? Well, some stretches can be downright frustrating as you try to carefully leap and dash between moving platforms only to constantly under or overshoot where you'll land. I almost exclusively spent my coins to skip segments like these. I also wish that there was more to hang onto story-wise. The open-ended nature of the narrative does spark some imagination but it's still a bit too minimal to sink your teeth into anything substantial. Even cutscenes with the kitties would have been welcome.
TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight is a relaxing 3D platformer that's excellent if you want to chill while running and jumping around. Plus, its many cleverly-hidden collectibles, lovely music, and gorgeous game world are sure to delight as you explore.
- + Enjoyable 3D platforming with a relaxed pace and plenty to see and do
- + Beautiful music and game world
- + Cool upgrades and lots of collectibles
- - Certain platforming moments can be frustrating due to floaty controls
- - Not much to hang onto story-wise
- - Could use a bit more gameplay variety