Robert Kirkman’s Invincible universe has long been primed for the video game treatment, but we’re only now starting to see some Invincible games appear ahead of the second season of the TV show adaptation on Amazon Prime Video. The first to come to PC was Invincible Gift: Atom EveA visual novel RPG about the character Invincible who can reshape atoms to his will.
There’s no shortage of superhero games these days; Hellboy and Spider-Man are getting new games this week. However, Invincible fans will still want to keep an eye on this game because it essentially lets people play a comic book, making important decisions for Atom Eve early in her superhero career.
Invincible Gift: Atom Eve is a straightforward visual novel with turn-based RPG combat. As Atom Eve lives her daily double life as a superhero and a college high school student, I must make important choices and dictate what she will say in conversation. Two chapters of the game I played were set in the early days Unbeatable; In fact, Mark’s first appearance as Invincible (a superhero) is a central narrative element in these episodes.
Even though the series bears the name Invincible, the game focuses on Atom Eve and her relationships, and I appreciate that. These preview making-of chapters have the balancing pressure of his parents and teachers as well as his relationship with fellow hero Rex Splode with his superhero duties as he takes on the Mauler Twins and shows Invincible the superhero ropes.
This results in some important choices with consequences; namely, Rex was furious at Atom Eve because I let her invite Mark on a mission without consulting Rex. Even though I knew most of the main storylines as someone who had read the comics and watched the TV show, actively participating in and influencing them made me see these moments in a different, more intimate way. This is a perspective I’ve never analyzed before, considering it’s something uniquely suited to video games.
Atom Eve is one of my favorite characters in the comics, so seeing her take the spotlight over Mark made this game even more exciting for me. Invincible Gift: Atom Eve not all visual novels talk; sometimes, he fights. And when he does, the game turns into a turn-based RPG. In combat, Atom Eve has a certain amount of energy to spend in each combat turn. I had to choose whether to use this to create a shield, use an attack that debuffs an enemy, or perform a ranged or melee attack. While I found all the fights to be fairly easy, there are some strategies for using energy appropriately.
The best formula I’ve found is to have Atom Eve put up a shield to block the damage and then reduce the enemy’s health bar with whatever energy she has left. This got me through most of the fight unscathed, so I’m hoping the subsequent increase in difficulty and skill tree abilities will do the trick. Invincible Gift: Atom Eve a little more challenging after release.
Even if not, it’s clear Invincible Gift: Atom Eve is being shaped into a very narrative-focused experience. This presentation put a lot of pressure on the art to deliver, and fortunately, it did. It looks as slick and beautiful as both the comic book and the TV show, performing a subtle balancing act between the two with its narrative and presentation.
A deeper focus on Atom Eve and even some scenes in the game are closer to those in the comics than the TV show. However, the art style and character designs are more in line with the expectations of fans of the TV show. Whether you’re a fan of the comics, the TV show, or both, Invincible Gift: Atom Eve it looks like this will provide an interesting look into the early days of Atom Eve.
Invincible Gift: Atom Eve is in development for PC.