Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will be released in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS in just a couple weeks, while the rest of us have to wait until early 2018. In the revisited game's most recent trailer, a glimpse at a faux-side-scrolling action platformer starring familiar demon Jack Frost (and other friends) was shown. The world ignited with a great need for the mere tease, and Atlus being Atlus, released the not-so-phony game for free on PC today.
The throwback-leaning game, called Shin Megami Tensei: SYNCHRONICITY PROLOGUE, was actually developed Japanese independent developers Ladybug. The game looks mighty different from what players are used to in Shin Megami Tensei RPGs. It bears a pixelated flair and an action-stuffed combat system. Our friends at Retronauts note that it flows more on the side of Cave Story than Castlevania, despite the trailer's Metroidvania-like pizzazz.
Nonetheless, the free PC game released by Atlus features all the familiar assets you'd find in a side-scrolling action platformer. A large map to backtrack through and explore, stamina-based attacks, an art style that veers into almost Castlevania territory. Unfortunately, the game is currently only available in Japanese, meaning players that aren't fluent will have to play obliviously as they meet NPCs in its world.
The game itself won't be around forever either, players only have until December 24th to download the neat little experiment. At least it's pretty easy to download. Download. Unzip. And launch the deeply strange SYNCHRONICITY PROLOGUE's magic.