First of all the game is beautiful. The 3D caves with wonderful shadows and light effects, the detailed characters and animations, it’s all a sight to see.
The eerie soundtrack that transports us to a creepy adventure horror movie, and the constant humming of monsters growling in the distance, invite the use of headphones. Do yourself a favor and play this game with headphones and in a dark room, it really is something.
I remember having played their early game Swordigo, and I thought to myself at the time that these guys can really make a good platformer/hack-and-slash game. Little did I know how much farther they would take their magic.
This game gets you involved right from the start when it starts to explain the moves and the controls and slowly lets go of your hand, leaving you all alone with all the horrors that surround you.
The controls are spot on - it really is a pleasure to control our character, be it jumping, hacking and slashing away with our sword or axe, or running up the walls. Everything is pretty much straightforward and it never feels that your hero isn't doing what you intend him to do. The game wants you to learn the patterns of attacks of your enemies, so you can time your attacks and dashes perfectly to kill them and avoid being killed ourselves.
You will have to explore the caves and dungeons to find precious items and keys to open new areas. There are shrines along the way so you can take a break, rest, and get your energy restored (it also saves your progress). There are new attacks to learn, you can forge new weapons and powerful items that will help us on our journey, and portals to travel across the map in a few seconds.
When you get to an area where you have to fight a boss, it is very challenging, and then you think "ok this is it, zombie like monsters to fight, a boss here and there, this is the game in a nuttshell". But suddenly the screen turns red, the music changes, and there's a warning in the middle of the screen telling you that you’re being hunted.
What is this? Monsters keep coming, and there's a hunter that wants you dead, and if not killed the attack doesn’t stop. That was a nice surprise, and there are many. Like when I started the game on my iPad, turned on my MFi controller and really thought that I was playing a game on my PS4. It really is a very nice experience.
This is a premium game where you can lose yourself for more than 20 hours if you want to get 100% on every portion of the map. Just perfect and much more than I was expecting.