Review: Eternal Hope Prologue (Steam)

Eternal Hope: Prologue is the first act of an upcoming adventure game. Follow the story of Ti’bi – a boy who must embark on a journey of love and hope in search of his beloved one’s soul. This version presents the beginning of Ti’bi’s adventure.

Pros:

  • Beautiful Ghibli inspired graphic style.
  • Equally as beautiful cutscenes.
  • 1284mb Download size.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution and graphics preset.
  • Four save slots.
  • Can rebind keyboard.
  • Puzzle platformer gameplay.
  • Story is told via words coming up in the background as you move.
  • Tutorial style prompts as you play.
  • 2.5D environment.
  • Fluid easy to use controls.
  • Enchanting soundtrack.
  • Dark world-can flip between light and dark world, in dark world you will have different events and environments, it’s also timed by how mugaic magic you have.
  • Story is about how you meet, enjoy and lose your partner.
  • Limbo like presentation.
  • Checkpoints.

Cons:

  • Stop start intro.
  • Never know when you hit a checkpoint.
  • Die easily, from small falls, hit water etc.
  • Whenever your stuck just go to the dark world and it makes sense.
  • Jump feels very spongey and delayed.
  • Slow respawn after death.
  • No Steam achievements.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Straight off the graphics are just gorgeous in this game, I mean it’s Ghibli inspired so what did you honestly expect? But I had to say it as I loved every animation, every cutscene it just flows so nice. Back to the game and it takes a lot of inspiration from Limbo and that’s no bad thing, it plays like a puzzle platformer and you have an ability to jump between dark and light worlds that changes the landscape, the twist is this is timed and you can only use so much at one time before letting it recharge. The shadow world is where the game changes most and you meet some terrific characters who help and hinder you. It’s the shadow/light world mechanic plus a strong story about love and loss that brings it into a game you want to play, you want to explore. Moving around the world is a 2D affair with 3D backdrops, the music is as Enchanting as the graphics and its a complete package and has me salivating at more content coming, I put this on and did it all in one sitting, pleasant, chilled even at puzzle junctions, it’s just a fantasy world to be in.

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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