With the fantastic Hyper Light Drifter In 2016, the small studio Heart Machine managed to become Indie-Darling to molt. Five years later, the second neon-soaked space trip is in the starting blocks:

Solar Ash leaves the pixelated Zelda airs of its intellectual predecessor and instead concentrates on high-speedPlatforming in a crazy 3D world.
Why this works great on the one hand, but the game falls short of its potential on the other hand, we clarify in the test!

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Solar Ash | REVIEW | Stylish high-speed action with stumbling blocks

You slip into the role of the Voidrunner Rei, whose home planet threatens to be swallowed and crushed by a gigantic black hole called Ultravoid.

And the key to saving your home is, of course, in the middle of this black hole: An artifact called starseed is said to be able to turn back time and push your planet out of the gravity of the ultravoid.

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Even with his first scenes, Solar Ash makes it clear: There is a lot to marvel at!



Even with his first scenes, Solar Ash makes it clear: There is a lot to marvel at!

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Because the black hole has already absorbed many other planets, a wonderfully surreal, varied and often breathtakingly beautiful world awaits you in Solar Ash, made up of a wide variety of biomes, cultures and buildings. The whole thing is held together by a sea of ​​stable clouds on which you can surf around elegantly.

Occasionally, Solar Ash also uses twisted gravity in the Ultravoid to conjure up some really wacky and impressive environments on the screen, but there should have been a lot more of them. Nevertheless: The game world is clearly the star of Solar Ash and finding out which sci-fi feverish dream you end up in next is the biggest motivating factor in the game!





The sparingly used opponents are dealt with quickly, but they at least require minimally different strategies.



The sparingly used opponents are dealt with quickly, but they at least require minimally different strategies.

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The extremely stylish look of Solar Ash fits this setting like a fist on the eye. The game combines the deliberately simple, reduced graphic style of a Journey or The Pathless with the strong, surreal coloring of Hyper Light Drifter.

With this, the developer remains true to his optical line and sends you on an almost psychedelic journey through a fascinating game world, just like in the spiritual predecessor. And speaking of psychedelic: The excellent movement of the high-speed platformer also ensures that you move through the game for long stretches as if in a trance.

As a Voidrunner you have a few useful tools at your disposal with which you can master the inclined jump passages. The most important of these is on your feet: With your inline skates you can not only grind along edges, but also surf around with a monkey tooth.

Combined with grappling hooks, double jump and boost, this results in a lightning-fast, great controllable and fluid movement, thanks to which you will simply not want to stand still. Because of the generous lock-on for your melee attack, you can break even the sparsely deployed opponents at full speed.

The tasks that you complete in the areas that are unlocked one after the other also play a very successful role in this movement: In each zone you have to defeat a fragment, a giant monster made of slime and bones, in order to activate a knot on the star seed. But first you have to erase all minor anomalies in the area.

And they are always designed as a temporary obstacle course: With breakneck maneuvers you destroy the nerve endings of the slime formations, so to speak, as they fly by before they can build up their protective shield and throw you down. The time limits are so tight that you have to master the movement possibilities of your character well.

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