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Hand-painted graphics make all the difference (pictures)

The graphics in Bastion are especially detailed and colorful as you explore a strange floating world.

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Hand-painted graphics

When you set out on your adventure, you'll immediately see just how much work went into the visuals in this game.
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Explore the map

As you collect each core, a red star shows up on the map indicating that the area is complete.
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Build up the Bastion

With each core collected, you can add a new building to the Bastion. Now you'll have a convenient place to switch weapons, make upgrades, and perform other useful actions.
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Collect items

As you play, you'll find special items that you can use as upgrades for your weapons. You'll need to find (or build) a foundry to apply special items to your weapons.
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Wait, how does it work?

The upgrade screen doesn't tell you how to upgrade your items, but I realized you need to double tap the button on the right to spend your in-game currency and apply the upgrade to your weapon.

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