Faerie Afterlight is a challenging but beautiful Metroidvania. Completion takes around 12h and the only missable achievement is for the normal ending, so leave at least one collectible behind when beating the last boss for the first time.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 12h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: Not yet
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: At this moment the normal ending achievement is missable, so don’t collect all the collectibles before beating the end boss for the first time
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
Faerie Afterlight is a beautiful Metroidvania. You play as Kimo and Wispy at the same time and traverse through this beautiful magical land that is corrupted by darkness. The game starts quite easily even when you’re kind of controlling two characters but the more abilities you get the more challenging the game gets as well. Gladly there are a lot of save points and the game has checkpoints in between those as well as long as you have health left. Gladly you’ll be able to buy more health and stamina at certain points. Bosses can be challenging but save points are never far away. However, some terrain puzzles are a lot harder, especially in the last area where the right timing and aiming of a certain ability get quite important. You’ll get used to it but in my opinion, it stays very challenging and I was glad that when you get past certain points you can open up shortcuts.
One of the things I missed in this game is a world map, so you can see which exit will get you to which section of the next map. It was hard to visualize the layout of the world without a world map. And I would also love to be able to mark spots on the map. That way if you saw a collectible but didn’t have the right skills to get there, you don’t have to search for it again at a later time. But I expect this will become less of an issue when more people play the game and somebody will be able to make a map to mark the collectibles, as there aren’t that many. In most areas, there are only 6 collectibles.
Achievementwise the game kinda has no missable achievements. You’ll be able to get back in the game after the last boss. However, if you beat the last boss when having collected everything already before you got to the normal ending, you might miss out on that one. So leave one collectible behind and grab that after you have gotten the normal ending, just to be sure you get all the achievements.
Clay Game Studio
This review for Faerie Afterlight was written on 2 October 2023, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 21 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.