Indsendt: 26. maj
An exploratory adventure game with some action, some puzzles, and some problems.
This is not so much a negative review as much as a general warning about expectations before getting into this game. I did enjoy my time and there are plenty of good things here, but this is very much a case of "not for everyone."
What I was expecting was a puzzle exploration game in a gorgeous world similar to Sword & Sworcery EP, and for the most part it is. There is beautiful scenery to see, puzzles to solve, and some fighting involved, but all of these aspects have some issues.
The art style is great to look at and would make nice wallpapers but the issue I found is that sometimes paths will be obscured by the foreground or areas that you actually can access do not look accessible because it looks like the background or the surrounding scenery which are solid. Most times this was not an issue but it was a problem more than once. The inclusion of a map might have alleviated that but there is none.
Most of the puzzles in the game are rather easy to solve. I would have liked to see more or have more challenging puzzles instead. There is also a unique language written on stones but many of the letters look like their English counterparts, making deciphering not actually challenging like it was in FEZ.
As for combat, I wish this game opted to forgo it entirely. You either throw rocks at creatures or grab them to throw into spikes while they jump or dive at you. It seems fine enough on paper but the way the physics work in the game make this aspect frustrating, especially against the large birds.
Lastly, your objective in the game is to collect crystals to bring back to the hub area which unlocks a center chamber at the end. All around the world you discover various ruins and remnants of a former civilization, there are things written in a mysterious language, and what you do at the end is very dark and unexpected. One would assume these are the secrets of Rætikon and that there would be answers in the end. Instead, the game decides to make you play Pong and abruptly ends. Nothing is revealed about Rætikon and I felt my time was ultimately wasted. The worst part is that I actually found out more about the world by reading the art book than playing the actual game.
Despite all of these problems, I did enjoy my time flying about, collecting things, and exploring the beautiful world. As for recommending this game, if you do not mind the clunky combat and lack of answers, this game is a fun few hours. Oh, and there is a level editor too.