Islets Cheats and Tips
Abuse Your Invincibility Frames
Iko’s dodge roll has extraordinarily generous invincibility frames – it would be silly not to use them. Not only does the roll make you totally invulnerable to damage, but it has quite a bit of distance attached to it.
Return To Old Areas
If you haven’t played a Metroidvania before, you may be unaware of one of the genre’s defining features – returning to old areas with new abilities.
As you play through Islets, you’ll pick up new ways to interact with the environment: a sword slam to break rocks underneath you, a charged-up attack that breaks the densest rocks, and even the ability to climb walls and walk upon arrow trails.
While it might be a bit time-consuming, returning to old areas every time you gain a new traversal ability is a surefire way to get as many upgrades as you can, which can leave you ahead of the curve when it comes time to face new bosses.
Islets contains many, many secret little areas hidden either behind breakable walls or through walls you can simply walk into. You’ll normally notice them as passageways that look like they lead to a dead end – explore them and you’re likely to find upgrades or large, floating jars that can be broken for currency.
Save Up For Map Markers
One of the things you can purchase in Sky City is an addition to your map – markers that will point you to the locations of upgrades. There are 60 in the game, and you’ll want to get as many of them as you can, as you can upgrade everything from your health to your attacks.
Once purchased, you’ll be able to see the locations of all unclaimed upgrades on the map. When zoomed out they appear as white dots, but when zoomed in, they appear as small head icons resembling their appearance in the world.
The feature costs 2,500 currency. While this may seem like a lot, it’ll rack up quite quickly, and you don’t need to be buying the upgrades from the other shop just yet. Definitely try to get this as soon as you can, as the quicker you can root out the upgrades, the sooner you can become more powerful than the game really expects and dominate it.
Get Objective Hints
There’s an NPC in Sky City who will place a marker on your map for a measly amount of currency. It will tell you where you need to go next to progress the story. This is really helpful, especially as the world of Islets opens up very quickly, expanding significantly with each new power you unlock.
Usually, you can tell where you need to go next, thanks to gaps in your map, but it can be tricky to remember which ones require what unlockable powers.