Shin Megami Tensei comes to PC as a free Metroidvania

SMT Synchronicity

The long-running Shin Megami Tensei series has worn many strange hats over the years. From singular (and now defunct) PC MMO to handheld dungeon crawlers and even spinning off into the mega-popular multi-genre Persona line, there are few unifying elements behind the series outside of adorable snow-sprite Jack Frost.

To promote the upcoming 3DS re-release of SMT: Strange Journey, Atlus pushed out a fake trailer for a platform adventure starring the little snowman and his fiery brother Jack ‘O Lantern. It did look like a nice game, though.

One double-fakeout later, and Atlus confirmed that not only was the the ‘fake’ game shown real, but free, on PC, and out now. Better still for us english-speaking types, there’s a (partial and fan-made) translation patch, so hit the jump for the trailer that started it all, the game, and the translation.

Developed by a crew led by Japanese indie Krobon, SMT: Synchronicity Prologue is a short-ish Metroidvania with cute sprites, a decent amount of story to chew through and a lot of cleverly used spirits, monsters and other weirdos from the series adeptly adapted from RPG format to platformer enemies.

You can grab the game here (scroll down, it’s the big blue button), and thanks to a lovely fellow called Brent, you can enjoy it in English by following the instructions on Twitter here. There are some things still untranslated and there may be more to come later, but it’s playable enough as-is.

Synchronicity Prologue isn’t the first game from Krobon and crew, by any means. You can get his Castlevania’y Pharaoh Rebirth on Steam here, and he did another promotional game a while back; A  very solid Mega Man parody based on comedy fantasy anime KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World, bundled with the Japanese Season 2 Blu-Ray release of the show. While of questionable legality (being a pack-in bonus and all) there is a fan-translated version floating around as well.

Do be warned that Atlus will be taking down the Synchronicity Prologue downloads after December 24th, because there is only a finite amount of fun and joy in this world and they are jealously guarding their supply, so grab it while you can.

8 Comments

  1. goodpoints says:

    We have waited far too long for a sequel to Jack Bros.

  2. darkath says:

    No doubt it’s the dark souls of metroidvanias.

  3. shinkshank says:

    Inbefore this is the Bayonetta thing all over again.

    • Floflo81 says:

      Yeah I hope it’s a hint that Atlus will publish some of their games on PC soon.

      However know that this is more of a game than “8-bit Bayonetta”. It’s simple and short, but it’s a real Metroidvania.
      IMO they could even have sold it instead of giving it away.

  4. pruneface says:

    Oh! Krobon&c? They make excellent games. Really enjoyed Pharaoh Rebirth – though their free game, Action Mogura, was what really got me into them as an action games dev. Very keen to play this.

  5. Catterbatter says:

    Because I do everything RPS tells me to do, I grabbed this game. And because it was then just sitting there on my PC, I played it. It’s definitely a metroidvania. Ticks all the boxes. Has easy mode for John. Good fun, with two characters having different abilities/immunities. I played thirty minutes to the first boss, died, and had something else to do. I’ll be coming back to it for sure.

    • ThTa says:

      The game it’s based on is also surprisingly fun. That one’s basically Mega Man with some (not-Metroidvania-)Castlevania mixed in, and some very simple (and largely pointless) RPG mechanics tacked on.

      (You earn a wee bit of coin and XP that lets you ever so slightly upgrade your character, and there are optional quests to earn some more coin. They’re more like achievements you have to sign up for.)

      So yeah, fun way to spend time in small increments ’till it’s done.

    • LTK says:

      I finished it today, it’s relatively short and some platforming bits are mildly frustrating but the final boss is a really fun fight. A rare example of the ‘boss as final exam on the game mechanics’ principle. All in all, it’s very worthwhile as free games go.

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