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Haven Reviews: Aurion Legacy of the Kori-Odan

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan

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While Aurion has a fantastic art direction, with colorful and expressive sprites. Which are clearly hand drawn along with each frame. There is just something about how some of the characters just bled together and how a lot of the special attacks are distinguishable from each other. Especially grievous in the first few fight of the game. 20170108192215_1The music is very nice and full of tribal tunes and catchy as heck. The same can’t be said for the sound design. I feel a distinct lack of impact before and after dealing damage. Not to mention the lack of footsteps. It throws me out of the action, since I can’t tell what is going on during intense action.20170108185211_1 It would be a good idea to have enemies telegraph their attacks much more clearly, than a tiny exclamation mark . It’s clear that the combat style wears it’s inspiration on the sleeve and the special moves looks quite nice, along with the fancy poses. I can also honestly say that I like the way the characters are drawn.

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The story follows a duo composed of a newly wed King and his spouse. Whom got dethroned on the same day as the wedding. Their dynamic is fairly amusing, with a lot of jokes and good dialogue. But it could use a proof reader. Since there are several places where space is missing, within the text. That being said, the most annoying thing that I would highly suggest fixing is the loading time. There is loading all over the place, such as before a battle is initiated. It’s a deal breaker if a fight takes less time then then starting it.

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Combat is all about the king hacking and slashing, while spamming special attacks. Until the enemy tries to attack, then roll out of the way. When the health is low, his wife can be summoned to heal and support in various ways. Aurion is the fancy name of the energy the King uses to fire off special moves, which eventually is turned into a huge screen shaking finisher. Most of the bosses can use this energy as well. 20170108191005_1

I quite like the setting indeed. It is rare thing to see a game utilizing lore, stories and designs from Africa. Despite the whole continent having more than just desert, lions, pygmies and pyramids. For anyone interested, I’d say it is worth it despite some design issues, that is easy to fix.

20170108173459_1    Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this.

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Njål Sand

Haven review: Clustertruck

Haven Reviews: Clustertruck

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Most kids are familiar with the game the floor is lava, Clustertruck is just that. If the furniture was a convoy of speeding trucks with terrible driving skills and questionable physics. Every thing takes place in a first person view, where the only skill at hand is jumping and mostly precise timing. One thing is for certain, the title is very accurate. There is indeed cluster of trucks within the game. But you’ve probably figured that one out by now. It is a fast, fun and challenging game, with a level editor made for really sadistic people. After all nothing screams pain and suffering like a custom made tracks that bends the physics to the max. Which can lead to some unfortunate glitches and terrible stuttering.

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Incidentally the very specific way the physics works and the slightly randomized chaos that occurs. Is what makes it so fun and over the top. Though, lasers and that damn log across the road is a real killer. I can’t count the number of times I died on those. The drivers in Clustertruck is the most single minded and task oriented bunch I’ve ever seen. Totally relentless and shows a basic disregard for anything in their way. Including incoming traffic and the resulting explosions are delicious.

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The score at the end of a level is dictated by how fast it was completed and the points gained. Actions such as having air time, or leaping over exploding trucks gives point as rewards. When one stage is done, a new one is unlocked. It’s simple, slightly addictive and it works.20161003161248_1

Music in Clustertruck helps the atmosphere and is surprisingly catchy. Though it started to creep upon me like a bad hangover, after failing a jump for the twentieth time. However the music is good on it’s own and can be bought separately.20161003161226_1

Graphically the game is love polygon, with a touch of cartoon simplicity. Which makes it very easy to notice dangers and act accordingly, despite all the chaos going on. There are also several themes, as the stages progress, such as a desert and green plains,

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There are steam achievements as well, plus a multitude of levels. Which is where the re-playability comes from. However since it is a first person game, it is not one for everyone. Some people can’t handle jumping from that angle at all. Luckily I’m not one of those. Aside from that, the game is a decent time sink and a fun challenge. At least for some hours every now and then. Also there is a surprise at the end of the campaign.

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Disclaimer: We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Cosmic Leap

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Cosmic Leap

Despite the vast and infinite size of the universe, the world under my feet feels a bit too small for my taste and can be circled in mere seconds, unless I hit (or get hit by) something dangerous.

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The player character is the pink thing to the left!

Cosmic Leap is an interesting platform game where the character circles around a planetary object and then proceeds to leap onto the next one in a race to the finish…with some gold coins along the way. The gameplay is simple at times, difficult at others and well made overall, despite some minor precision button-pressing in cosmic leaps of faith! Every now and then, new characters can be unlocked in addition to different spacecraft skins. Most of the time this is achieved by leaping onto a bypassing craft somewhere on a given level. However I’m not sure if these “unlocks” actually affect the gamplay at all.

Sometimes between various levels, cut scenes occur. The goal is quite simple: reach the end, pick up the gold coins and do it as quickly as possible in order to get a delicious 3-star ranking (there are Steam achievements to unlock, after all). The music is decent and very enjoyable. It is the kind of soundtrack one can listen to outside of the game. The sound effects fit the game quite well, and make the experience feel coherent and engaging without becoming a pain in the ear. The graphics are composed of squares…a metric ton of squares. The planets are made of squares that are shaped somehow as celestial spheres. The enemies, the characters and even their space ship is made of squares. In other words, the art direction is simple and coherent.

Everything looks like it belongs in the same universe. Each level provides new challenges and more things keep in mind. Since Galactic Leap is a platform games of sorts, where failure is an option and the player will die a lot, it’s a very good thing indeed that the game has virtually no loading time. Dying on a level and resetting the game is fast. It’s also very small in size and can probably run on most modern systems. It’s a short, interesting and enjoyable game. It puts on a decent, but not hair-pulling challenge, sprinkled with some quirky humor. The only thing that annoyed me a bit is that since everything is so small, it’s very hard to see.

There is a free demo as well.
Here is the Steam store page. It’s a decently priced indie title:  http://store.steampowered.com/app/420850/

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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand