Ary and The Secret of Seasons Review

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After a mysterious force throws the seasons of Valdi into disarray, Ary has to assist the
Guardians of Seasons and set out to find the source of the mayhem. The player gains the
ability to switch between seasons in localized areas to solve puzzles, find secrets and travel
around Valdi.

Although the power to control seasons does not sound like a cool power to have, this game
makes it shine, puzzles are always fun to solve while you figure out how you should switch
between the seasons to do various things, like melt ice, freeze water, etc. Ary focuses on
this a lot and there’s a reason for that… The rest is just a bit bland.
The combat is a bit button mashie, not as much as say the Arkham series was, but that
game presented you with stylized combat that can be mixed up and as far as I have
discovered combat does not offer much more that mash x, dodge/parry repeat. The story as
well leaves a bit wanting, you are given this mystery and it’s supposed to hook you into the
story but the dialogue and way the story is told just made want to button mash my way throw
the dialogue (very much like the combat).

When it comes to the graphics it is alright, I guess. Nothing fantastic or amazing but does
present an at bare minimum interesting style, but even though this game does not look
amazing, it surely runs as if though it thinks it does. Playing on my Xbox I constantly ran into
frame dips, even with the simplest of things, also there where few clipping and collision
detection issues but they were not nearly as annoying as the frame rate issues.
Verdict

Ary and The Secret of Season could have given us a unique title but it sadly falls into the
pitfalls of an unpolished title, the games frame issues, bugs and lack of an interesting story
or combat system keeps the game from reaching critical appraise.

Good

  • Graphical Style
  • Seasons mechanic

Bad

  • Buggy
  • Frame Rate issues
6.6

Fair

Story - 6
Graphics - 7
Audio - 7
Gameplay - 7
Replayability - 6

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