Death's Door released to rampant critical acclaim on other platforms earlier in the year, and it's easy to see why. This is a lovingly crafted isometric action-adventure, stacked with engaging exploration, tense action, and a wonderful atmosphere. It draws obvious inspiration from The Legend of Zelda as you journey across an interconnected map, gathering spells and weapons that will help you progress through increasingly dangerous environments.
You play as a Reaper — a small, characterful crow out on their first mission to claim the soul of a powerful creature. Unfortunately, your inaugural quest doesn't go to plan, and you're taken under the wing (pardon the pun) of a grizzled old crow who seeks to open the titular and mysterious Death's Door. This isn't a story-heavy game, but it's still stuffed with quirky, memorable characters.
It's also quite tricky at times. Combat encounters demand patience as you dodge incoming attacks and only look to strike when you're absolutely sure that it's safe. To start with, your poor little crow can only take four hits before they fall, which can lead to some nail-biting battles. Thankfully, Death's Door's difficulty curve feels good, aside from a handful of sudden spikes later in the game. It generally does a solid job of gradually introducing different enemy types and mechanics without seeming unfair.
Tight controls, clever level design, and rewarding combat make Death's Door a joy to play. It's a ten-hour adventure that never outstays its welcome, and its overall quality is clear. A polished, quirky, and often challenging title that charms from start to finish.