Darkestville Castle, the hit pc adventure game has made it’s way to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Darkestville Castle was initially released on pc with very positive reviews back in 2017. But now it’s made it’s way to consoles, and so its time for a fresh Bg4ghub review. It’s been developed by Epic Llama and published by Buka Entertainment with that classic adventure game feel in design. And of course, like all adventures this one has a great story to tell but not without its hiccups, let me explain in this review.
A humorous story and script
Unraveling the plot in any classic adventure is an essential part of the game. The plot is something that Darkestville Castle pulls off with ease because it’s apparent right from the beginning of the game that the story is whimsical, and the characters will be memorable. You play as Cid, a demon who appears to be not so evil, in my opinion. Cid is a prankster at night and well known in Darkestville for playing out his mischievous acts since childhood. Darkestville is Cid’s hometown, after all. He has an arch-nemesis named DanTeapot, who has it out for Cid. And Dan sends some demon hunters to take Cid out, but things go wrong. And here is where our humorous adventure begins. Yes, this game is guaranteed to give you a chuckle or two because my favorite part of this game was in the genuinely funny written script.
That classic gameplay
If you have played one classic adventure game from the late 80s to 90’s you probably already know the routine. Search for clues and objects to get you to the next stage of the game. In some cases, you may even have to combine an item or two to get the job done as well. For instance, you can’t use a hammer without nails. But sometimes this isn’t always that clear and can be frustrating to figure out what item can combine with another. I found mixing and matching worked best.
The puzzles are pretty straight forward; after all, there are plenty of hints in the game. But you will have to go through endless amounts of dialog to figure out some of the more difficult ones. Other than the basic gameplay, the interface is quite simple; you can move Cid around and either talk, look or grab. It kept occurring to me that it would have been interesting to see Cid meet his maker at some point. Because as far as I could tell, you can’t die in the game.
A treat for the eyes
Darkestville Castle is beautiful, and everything is hand-painted from the background to the character models. And the chosen color pallet pulls you into the world of Darkestville. But the animation can be a little rough, by no means does it take anything away from this handcrafted masterpiece. I was a little perplexed at the voice acting because, at times, some characters’ voice acting was done well, and others, it was awful. And as for the soundtrack, it was just too repetitive for my liking.
With its beautiful hand-painted graphics, whimsical story, and humorous script Darkestville Castle was a pleasure to play through, and I would recommend this to any fan of the genre. I’m giving this game review a 7.6 out of 10.
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