Valdis Story-Abyssal City 2013
When it comes to making a beautiful game, Endless Fluff has proved they know what they're doing with Valdis Story: Abyssal City. This metroidvania is unquestionably stunning. If the game were a plant, it would be incredibly pretty, but many might find its berries indigestible. Frequent difficulty spikes make this one that will appeal to a very specific sort of player.
As an action platformer with a heavy dose of exploration, Valdis Story does this aspect of its job well. There are plenty of enemies to dismantle and treasure chests to unlock throughout the levels, so progression tends to move at a decent and engaging pace. The normal enemies don't pose too much of a threat. You'll have to pay attention while fighting groups, but single foes are dispatched easily enough. These fights are best used to learn the ins and outs of combat, how to use the dash mechanic, and discover the uses of your magic spells.