CHASM is an indie game that has been a long time coming. I actually played it two years ago at the same E3 event that I did this year, “The Mix”. After jumping into CHASM again recently I can say it’s still easily one of my most anticipated indie releases. I talked with Dan Adelman, one of the CHASM team members — he told me that one of the previous projects he was associated with (Axiom Verge) saw major success on PS Vita even after a year-long delay. This is why they decided to bring CHASM to the PlayStation Vita as well. It was an awesome insight into how even the smallest games on the very small install-base of the Vita can find success in a niche market.
So what it CHASM? Well, let the game’s official description explain:
“Honor-bound to solve the mystery and restore peace to the Kingdom, you embark upon an epic adventure, with deadly battles against cunning monsters, exploration of ancient catacombs and castles, and powerful new equipment hidden at every turn. Though the overall story is the same for all players, your hero’s journey will be unique: each of the rooms has been hand-designed, and behind the scenes Chasm stitches these rooms together into a one-of-a-kind world map that will be your own.”
CHASM is a blast to play and a joyful world to scavenge through. The gameplay hits that nostalgic itch and continues to impress. The art style is gorgeous and features an assortment of varied settings. I would be surprised if CHASM didn’t catch the eye of a ton of retro-gaming fans just like Axiom Verge did. You can look forward to playing CHASM this summer when it launches simultaneously on PS Vita and PS4 (it’s also cross-buy).
- Explore six massive areas procedurally-assembled from hand-crafted rooms
- Enjoy challenging retro gameplay and authentic pixel art (384×216 native res.)
- Battle massive bosses and discover new abilities to reach previously inaccessible areas
- Customize your character by equipping armor, weapons, and spells
- Coming to PS4/Vita and PC (Win/Mac/Linux via Steam and Humble)
CHASM is the perfect style of game I enjoy playing on a handheld. I’m excited to finally get my hands on it when it launches sometime this summer — no official date confirmed but all signs are pointing to an announcement soon.
We’ve been covering games all week for E3 2018 on all the Enthusiast Gaming sites. We got the chance to play Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight & Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, you can read our preview here. Along with that, we covered another highly anticipated Vita release, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Be sure to stay and look around. If you’re a fan of Vita content this is definitely the place for you to hang out! Are you excited to play CHASM? Let us know in the comments section below! If you’re looking for a similar experience you should check out Axiom Verge in the meantime. Be sure to check out our video review for Axiom Verge below!
Brett Medlock is a senior editor and a lead on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll