School is out for summer, in quiet Maple Town, kids are chilling and having fun. Until suddenly, a mysterious object crashes down into the cornfields and the entire town starts changing – only, none of the adults have noticed, which means it’s up to the young ones to get to the bottom of this oddity, in Echo Generation.
Like a blast from the past, Echo Generation lets you beat up neighborhood trash pandas and eerie animatronics in a mix of real-time and turn-based combat with a hockey stick, synthwave playing in the background. Yeah, okay, so maybe not exactly like the 80s and 90s, but the vibrant voxel-based world and locales definitely still seem straight out of those decades, in some weird way. Of which I totally approve. Oh, and talking squirrels are a thing. Kinda. Yup.
“Creating an exciting adventure that captivates a new generation while also paying homage to our own was very important to the team,” said Martin Gauvreau, Game Director of Echo Generation.
According to its creator, this one is “a tale that transcends time”, full of supernatural goodness. Like mutant rat wolves, ghosts, and skellingtons. How’s that for the childhood adventure of a lifetime? Best. Summer. Ever. If all goes according to plan, anyway. If not, well, then Maple Town is doomed. Doomed. DOOMED! Ahem.