Review: Candle: The Power of the Flame (PlayStation 4)

Play as Teku, a young novice on a dangerous journey to rescue his tribe’s shaman from the evil tribe of the Wakcha. But the way is littered with sinister traps and difficult obstacles. To master these challenges, you need to have keen eyes and a good sense for your environment, or your next step may be your last.

Pros:

  • Beautiful hand-drawn graphics that look more like a painting than a game.
  • 2.12GB Download size.
  • Options- Saturation, Brightness, Bloom, Classic controls and subtitles.
  • Tutorial pop-ups.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Save points in the game, You get 8 save slots.
  • Vibrant art used in the cutscenes.
  • Decent checkpointing.
  • Puzzle platformer gameplay.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Feels and plays a lot like a point and click adventure.
  • Death everywhere! By this I mean it is difficult.
  • The game just looks so damn good.
  • A lot of clever logical puzzles.
  • Solid platforming areas.
  • Very immersive.
  • Decent soundtrack.
  • Satisfying when you figure it out.

Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • Very little help or guidance.
  • Can be hard to make out some parts of the puzzle.
  • A lot of small text.
  • Few annoying platform bits where it is your lack of reflexes that hinder you.
  • A few “I’m stuck” moments.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.8/10

Summary

Candle: The Power of the Flame is a puzzle platformer game that not only plays well But looks simply gorgeous. Its refreshing to have those two attributes combined into such a powerful piece of art. Course it’s not all smiles and laughs for if I had to pick a weak one from the two it would be the platforming, It gets extremely tedious towards the end and really slows the pace and fun down. Coming back up through the puzzles are well thought out and clever even if they do dwindle in there frequency the more you go through the game. In short, its a fun first half of a game that looks lush but the late game will have some of the most annoying platform sections.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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