Posted: December 10, 2013
I bought this game through the humble store, and have been playing it well before the game was put up on Steam, but I figured I'd share my opinion.
I honestly don't know where to start! There are so many wonderful things about it. The story is, perhaps, the quality that captivated me the most. Right off the bat, something happens in the game (I don't want to unveil any spoilers...) that is utterly heartbreaking for the lead character, Roy Guarder. As the game unfolds, more and more details - a la traditional RPG fashion - are unveiled, resulting in a scenario that is reminiscent of high quality RPG stories, yet incredibly unique in its own regard.
The gameplay is what you'd expect from the trailers: a top-down Legend of Zelda style, sword slashing, action/adventure RPG. You even find hearts and money in the grass! It definitely holds true to the style it was emulating. There are some pretty wonky bosses, too. Quite clever!
Don't get me started on the music. It has, in my opinion, raised the bar quite high for the genre of video game soundtracks. If this game gets enough publicity, indie games and non-indie games alike will have something to strive for in their choice of composers and soundtracks. I can't get enough of the music. Every area has a new tune, with many of them revisiting the main themes in the game. I thought it would get repetitive after a while, but every reprise of the main theme brings something new to the table. Magnificent! I'm pretty sure the composers/sound team are a group of three guys; I don't know how they did it, but man, did they do it!
Even with all of the great things about this game, there are still a few downsides, which is expected in any video game. The best word to describe them all without going into severe detail is "Bugs." Unfortunately, there are some bugs and glitches, albeit not game breaking, that require some patience. I say that with complete confidence, as the team at AckkStudios is working tirelessly to repair them and update the game, according to their Facebook page. Think of games like Skyrim or Battlefield 4...sometimes it takes months before the game's quirks and issues are cleaned out. But also think how GREAT those games are; Skyrim is unmatched, yet it launched with an encyclopedia of bugs.
Overall, this game is amazing. If you can overlook some of the glitches and bugs associated with the current build of the game, it's an incredible experience. I was so captivated by everything, that the glitches and bugs didn't even bother me, knowing that their doing their best to clean them out. When they do, I will be sure to REPLAY this game, to get the best experience possible. With the story, gameplay, and ESPECIALLY the music, this game is not to be missed. Play it, and enjoy it!