The Chasm Beginners Guide

Chasm, the latest Metroidvania game from Bit Kid will have you traveling far underground as you attempt to solve a mystery. It’s going to be dangerous and adventurous. With tons of enemies blocking your every step. Not to mention you may go a bit crazy as you wander in a vast underground world, all alone. But not to worry, we got your back as you descend into the Chasm.

We’ve put together several tips to help you survive another day. Or, you know, respawn and try to survive.

Save often

Save, save, save

There is no auto-save in Chasm. Meaning, whenever you die you’ll respawn back at your previous save point. Thankfully there are more than enough save points that are scattered throughout the game. Be sure to save and often. And pay attention when you do get to a save point, please pay attention. It will ask you if you want to save and if you chose poorly, you’ll end up kicking yourself later.

Save points are also helpful as they regain missing health, just not magic points. If you’re down on your luck, there’s no shame by hitting up a save point and getting your health back. It’s better than dying, that’s for sure.

 

Don’t be afraid to grind

A sword to the face is your best friend

Chasm features an experience point system and as such, your character will level up. The more you level up, the stronger your character becomes and the easier the game gets. If you’re running into enemies that are a bit too powerful. Or you just want an advantage, then spend some time grinding experience points. The game even makes this easy by offering a bestiary and showing which enemies give you the most exp. Use that to your advantage.

 

Swap weapons often

Chasm is as charming as it is dangerous

Your starting weapon isn’t exactly the best. So don’t feel like you’re committed to it. You’ll find various weapons throughout your game session and once you reach a certain point, you’ll be able to craft them as well. Find one that works for you based on its attack power, speed or even length. But swap often and stay alive longer. 

 

Use your full arsenal of attacks

That guy has a bow and range. Watch it!

While the combat in Chasm is straightforward, there are two methods you can use to get a leg up on your enemies. The first is using the back dash. While it may seem like it’s a waste, that’s really deceptive. The back dash is helpful for getting out of an attack if you use it fast enough. However, you can also use it to dash backward and cancel into an attack. Use that to hit and run. The other is using aerial attacks. Certain weapons like swords provide a fast swing. If you jump at an enemy and attack them in the air, you’ll find that not only will that connect but you’ll have another chance to hit as soon as you hit the ground. That gives you two or more hits depending on the size of the enemy.

Also don’t forget to pick up a spell, which are secondary attacks. They’re not as powerful as your main attack but they provide you with ranged attacks. Pretty helpful when that baddy is across the screen or you want to get in an extra hit on a boss while running.

 

Save that gold

Watch out for that enemy

In the first half of the game, gold is sparse. And you’ll need it to get better items and gear. Save that gold and don’t waste it items that you may not need. But if you do have a hole burning in your pockets, then use that money on healing items. Trust me, you’ll need those a lot more than other stuff you can buy.

 

Enjoy the game

Hey, there's no time for napping. Adventure awaits us!

More importantly, just enjoy the game. Take in the charm and enjoy what took several years in the making to provide one of the best Metroidvania games in a long while. Sure, you can speedrun through the game, but you’ll miss out on a lot of content. For your first run, just have fun and then maybe come back and rush through it all.

So there you have it! Six tips to get you started on your journey. What did you think of our Chasm Beginners Guide? Is there something you think we should’ve added? Let us know in the comments below! 

About The Author

Keith Mitchell
Editor-in-chief and all-around good guy!

Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. You can find him on Twitter as @Shadowhaxor or you can email her at keith.mitchell@theouterhaven.net.