Intense battles rage in the margins of classic paintings—and as the brave star of Marginalia Hero, you’ll need to tap through each one.
You start off fighting abnormally large snails and move on to mean geese and rabid rabbits. From strange horselike monsters to spear-toting squirrelly things, any sort of bizarre beast could be your next battle foe.
This isn’t a frantic action game, however. Marginalia Hero is all about timing. A sword travels around a circular path, passing a series of small targets. Tap when it aligns with a target and your character will strike. Unfortunately, while it may take a good 15 to 20 whacks to stop a ferocious chicken, your hero is much more fragile, initially taking just one hit before going down.
You can even the odds a little by spending earned coins on new gear, such as damage-enhancing weapons and armor granting precious hit points. But as the challenge ramps up, the stakes remain high. Marginalia Hero is a tense test of endurance and focus. In later levels, when you have to land dozens of precise strikes in a row, it’s hard not to feel the pressure.
Even in longer fights, however, Marginalia Hero’s jaw-dropping art style will keep you glued to the screen. Based on centuries-old paintings, the parchment-style backdrops and hilariously creative monster design give the game a wonderfully weird vibe. Grab something pointy and tap into it.