Story - 70%
Graphics - 61%
Audio - 55%
Gameplay - 64%
Replayability - 56%
I have to admit, gaming was never my thing growing up, so 8bit or Retro games always confused me. I could never figure out how to play and why the characters couldn’t move in a 360 degree sphere or even why they had to look so flat. I was soon introduced into this gaming world and found an acute appreciation for all the different types of games.
When this Nintendo Switch game was given to me to play, I was overwhelmed by how Retro, yet modern, it looked. Count Lucanor has the look and feel of an 8bit game but the spirit of a 21st century game.
It is gruesome and bloody, really hard to play when you all you have is a candle to light your way. You will die if you don’t watch out, as the Carmalengo and the house help hides behind every corner ready to pounce. You can only save at the fountain of crows where you have to offer up your gold coins to save your soul. These coins are few and far between so spend them wisely in this theme.
You start this game as a young man of 12, who basically throws a tantrum because his parents have no money to buy him a birthday present, he decides to go off on his own and become an adventurer. He want to find treasure and become rich and powerful and all those lovely things we all want in our lives.
He soon finds himself at a very creepy castle when he follows a floating, vampire looking creature deeper into the forest. Here this creature offers you the title of Count, only if you can guess his name. This is where the fun starts and here is where you are required to watch your back, keep your eyes peeled and brush up on those hiding skills and don’t forget to save your soul.
The controls are easy to use on the Nintendo switch and the game is a lot of fun to play. With that said, it is not a time filler game, once you have started you cannot just stop, not only because if you do you can die but also because it is so addictive.
So go get your spooky on with – Count Lucanor. Enjoy!
Reviewed on: Switch
Available on: Switch, PS4, PC, Xbox One
Genre: RPG, Advetnure
Age Rating: Teen
Publisher/Developer: Merge Games / Ratalaika Games / Baroque Decay
Estimated RRP: R195
Release Date: 19 October 2018
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