Phantom Trigger Review - Neon Extravagance

A look at the colorful indie hack-and-slash experience, Phantom Trigger. 
August 10, 2017 10:15 AM by Morgan Shaver

The first thing you’ll notice about Phantom Trigger is its bright neon color scheme and quick slasher style gameplay. Developed by the two-man Bread Team of Victor Solodilov and Denis Novikov, Phantom Trigger honors its hack-and-slash roots while providing enough newness to keep you entertained.

The premise is strange and centers around a character with a brain disease. To buoy this concept, many of the enemies you encounter feature brain tumors on their heads. Things can get a bit confusing as you transition from Stan to The Outsider. Although some of this confusion feels intentional, serving to bring you closer to what the character may be feeling.

This interest in the character gets muddled when actual combat begins, though. In the beginning, you’re given a whip to pull enemies in, and an ice pick to slash them to bits. As you move forward through the game, you’ll be given access to new weapons, each with their own unique properties. Additionally, you’ll have the ability to level your weapons and make them more effective.

Aside from trying out different weapons, the combat remains standard. Slash through enemies, rinse, and repeat. This isn’t to say the combat is dull, though. With the pulsing lights and intense music, you’ll be on the edge of your seat until whatever battle you’re engaged in has concluded.

Furthermore, the game boasts a roguelike mechanic where you can only regain health once you’ve crossed a checkpoint. This prevents you from running into a battle haphazardly (unless you don't mind dying and trying again).

Phantom Trigger is definitely a game where you have to think critically about combat, and it feels refreshing compared to other hack-and-slash games where you can button mash your way to victory. Another nice addition to Phantom Trigger are the game’s puzzles that can award you items upon completion.

These little mini-games are actually quite challenging, as you’re given no clues, forcing you to rely on your own deduction skills. In terms of length, Phantom Trigger will keep you busy for a good 7 hours.

For fans of the hack-and-slash genre, Phantom Trigger offers enough to warrant its purchase. On its own, it’s visually stunning, and the combat remains enjoyable throughout (even though it may be repetitive).

  • Stunning visuals
  • Interesting premise
  • Enjoyable hack-and-slash combat
  • Can become repetitive