There’s very little downtime in Boomerang X, the debut first-person action game from developer DANG! and noted publisher Devolver Digital. Each new arena provides more rounds of enemies to slice and fewer platforms to land on. New kinds of shadowy creatures swarm from every direction, each requiring precision to dispatch. Alone, they’re manageable. Together, they demand precision and patience. It’s impressive how daunting each new round seems and how natural it can be to learn the ropes after a few deaths. While the difficulty spikes may intimidate some, the stylized presentation and chaotic action combine to form an irresistible gameplay experience.
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The action in Boomerang X revolves solely around the boomerang players find as the game begins. When thrown, the weapon dashes ahead and returns just as quickly. Anything unlucky enough to stand in its way splits in two as it slices through the air. Eventually, players gain the ability to leap towards the boomerang as it flies, giving them enough hangtime to navigate each new pit like a bird surveilling prey. Slicing multiple creatures at once or while staying in the air grants super moves to use against the toughest foes, but it all comes down to split-second timing. In Boomerang X‘s best moments, players pinball through the air amid the remains of a dozen shadowy creatures, all while gravity tries in vain…