Story - 75%
Graphics - 70%
Audio - 60%
Gameplay - 75%
Replayability - 75%
Embark on a journey to save the beautiful world of Umbra, a harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. What started as a mission to rescue Amon’s uncle from the clutches of an ancient cult, soon spirals into an adventure that was centuries in the making. You must bring together this group of unlikely heroes to stop the ruinous past from repeating itself.
So even though Earthlock, developed by Snowcastle Games, feels undoubtedly Japanese, it most certainly is not. The Nordic developers of Earthlock has done a fantastic job. To call it a JRPG would be doing the game a disservice, implying that it is a copy of a well-known genre. It’s actually far from it, a refreshing take yes, but it still crafty enough to let the nostalgic memories flood in. Let’s see what else the game has in store…
To start off, the game is turn-based. Battles are usually fought, pokemon style, with the you and your companion. Although combat is a large part of the game it offers so much more if the player has the time and is willing to do the work. Players can also plant seeds and grow crops. These can be harvested to create spells and build ammunition.
The game looks stunning. The great visuals are hindered by a few bugs every now and then, but nothing that will affect the gameplay or enjoyment level at all. As it’s a fairly new release for the consoles. I’m pretty sure those bugs should be fixed by the time you read this review.
I highly recommend Earthlock, even if you just played Pokemon Red and Blue back in the day. Give it a try, you would probably love it
Earthlock is a fantastic throwback to the JRPGs of the 90s.
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Available on: Steam, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Age Rating: 12
Publisher/Developer: Snowcastle Games
Estimated RRP: R249
Release Date: Out now
- Nolstalgic JRPG Feel
- Engaging Story
- Few minor bugs and glitches