Developer: Team Ladybug
Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
Price: $20, $25 on Switch because Switch Tax LOL
Version Played: PC
Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth is a Metroidvania based on the long-running Record of Lodoss War series of novels, RPGs, manga, and anime. I've seen a few episodes of the 90s anime, but I have no connection to the series besides that. It looks like an anime take on high fantasy swords and sorcery stuff. More like Fire Emblem than Final Fantasy, though. I don't even know if a Metroidvania is the best fit for a Lodoss War game, but this turned out alright.
I'm sure the first thing most people will notice about Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth is its graphics. This game is gorgeous. Deedlit's sprite alone has a ton of stuff going on. Her hair is flowing, her cape is fluttering, she has shadows trailing her, and she has a little familiar following her around. It's almost a little too busy sometimes. All the sprites are incredibly detailed, very well animated, and even though it's yet another high fantasy anime game, the environments have their own unique flavor. I wish there was a little more variety, though. I guess good pixel art just takes a lot of time to make. That's probably why we don't see pixel art this nice very often. The game runs really well on PC too. I never saw it drop below 60FPS.
The gameplay and structure of the game are tried and true Metroidvania. This game is exactly what it looks like. You battle your way through monster-filled halls and stairwells to get to the next save point, explore, fight bosses, hit switches, and acquire new abilities which help you reach new areas. There's nothing new or unique about that. What sets this game apart from the pack is the way magic and the bow are used to fight enemies and solve puzzles.