Review: Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

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Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas combines captivating storytelling, breathtaking 3D visuals and exciting gameplay into one epic action-adventure experience. In the game you explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets.

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Pros:

  • Big bright chunky graphics.
  • full 360 pad support.
  • Small download file.
  • Detailed video options like AA, V-Sync, Resolution etc.
  • Fully voiced cut scenes and narration.
  • Game play is a action RPG with light puzzle solving.
  • The whole game is very close to the Zelda games. A clone you might say. Re imagined would be closer.
  • Auto saves.
  • Simple control scheme as default. Use the d-pad for shortcuts.
  • Checkpoints everywhere.
  • Travel by boat to new islands/worlds.
  • Challenges to complete. Varied and constant,  Challenges are like optional side quests.
  • Steam Achievements.
  • Earn crystals by killing enemies,  finding them and completing missions. Crystals are used to level up.
  • can re bind controls.
  • Simple layout.
  • Re watch cut scenes.
  • A retro atmosphere throughout.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Steam cards.
  • you can upgrade your boat with guns.  Earn extra loot by shooting enemies at sea and find lost loot.
  • User interface is weird at first but is actually a clever new take on it.

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Cons:

  • Using the boat is awkward at first.
  • Quite easy to get lost or lose focus.
  • Get stuck in scenery.
  • Few areas where you get a performance hit.

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In Summary, This is the closest we will ever get to a Zelda game on PC for the time being. Copying a lot of ideas and mechanics, The game does just enough to define its own interpretation of the popular series. It is fun to play, Nice to look at and above all is very playable. I was skeptical at first but after just a few short hours I had unlocked new weapons, explored new lands and got to sail the seas in me boat! Yes its a Zelda clone in every way but who actually cares? In fact it does a few bits better than Zelda. Example being you can run straight off the bat, You have more freedom to explore and you can in essence do item farming. Combat is a bit easier all though the spin blade move is hard to judge. In short, Its a cracking little game and will be branded a Zelda clone with attitude. Worth a look.

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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