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Haven Review: Cross of the Dutchman

TitleFirst up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Cross of the Dutchman is an adventure role-playing game based around legendary Frisian hero Pier Gerlofs Donia (Pier the Great), who lived from 1480 to 1520. As Columbus was busy discovering the New World, Pier had problems of his own back home in The Netherlands (formerly Holland…formerly Frisia). His town was ransacked and razed by invading Saxons, and his beloved wife Rintsje was killed in the destruction. Vowing justice, Pier organized a group of humble farmers and townsfolk to fight off the Saxon warriors and rebuild the town!
Cross-of-the-Dutchman-3The game begins humbly enough, with only your fists for weapons. Movement and combat work the same as in many top-down RPGs and MOBAs. Fully explore each map, as hordes of gold coins are scattered generously about. If you see barrels or crates, smash them. If you see a chest, kick it open! Along your journey you’ll also encounter shopkeepers and traders, and you can use your coins to buy what you need.

SwordsThe most powerful items are accompanied by a gold medal, and are the most expensive. Items with a silver medal are of medium quality and price, while the copper medal ranks lowest in both respects. Healing potions are an exception to the medal rule, opting instead for “large, medium and small” vials.

Managing your weapon inventory couldn’t be simpler. You either use your fists or your sword. The equipped item is shown as the larger medal in the top left corner of the screen; the unequipped item being the smaller. The long red bar is your health and the shorter green bar is your stamina…easy and intuitive!
ToggleAs you probe the countryside, friendly NPCs will introduce themselves and join your effort. They assist in combat, as well as provide important information regarding the quest at hand. One of my favorites is a kind-hearted clergyman who feels no remorse in sending you out on dangerous missions, while he stays safe in his comfy cloister.

large-4-640x350Although important points in the story are marked by cut scenes, the game doesn’t “hide” behind them. These scenes are short, to the point and don’t monopolize the player’s time. This is much appreciated; many so-called “triple-A” titles are becoming more like playable movies these days! Overall, the game delivers a balance of exciting play and rich story-telling that’ll keep you riveted until its conclusion. After all, how can Pier single-handedly accomplish all this with only a skeleton crew for support? Well, legend says he was strong enough to lift and carry a horse…those Saxons have no idea what they’re in for!

So when deciding on your next action RPG, is Cross of the Dutchman worth it? A resounding “Yes” from me. With intuitive controls and stunning graphics, you’ll easily lose track of time as you assist Pier on his quest. There are also two-dozen Steam achievements to keep you coming back. But due to the linear nature of the story and game play, the achievements may be the only return attraction once the ending is reached. Nevertheless, the $9 (USD) price tag is reasonable for a thrilling pass through this highly cultural adventure.

Image317-585x300Incidentally, the town that Pier helped to rebuild still stands, and with this game we can all stand (and march) in the boots of one of western Europe’s “Great” sons.

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Haven Review: Fearless Fantasy

First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

fearlessfantasyreviewFearless Fantasy is a quick combat game that moves at a fast pace unlike traditional role-playing games. In it the area’s are comprised of stages and you quickly battle thru each stage to get experience and money to buy better equipment.

Although there really isn’t a need to backtrack the game gets easier if you do saving up enough money to clear all the area’s quickly to finish the story even faster. The soundtrack to the game and the voice acting is quite superb as well and the main hero actually sounds like Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop.099102682_CreditsSketch2

Originally designed for the tablet the game got ported to PC and I am quite happy about it however one thing to note about the game is sense the game was meant originally for the touch screen a lot of the game is controlled by the mouse now. Although not hard to play the controls are extremely simple to learn and easy to master and I really enjoyed this game.

I recommend it to anyone interested in Role-playing games and hope they have a great time playing it even though its a fairly short game.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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 -Daniel Clatworthy-