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Haven Review: Seasons After Fall

Seasons After fall, in the most simplistic of ways it is a beautifully orchestrated game, from the majesty of its art-work to the very core elements of its game-play. There was another game I reviewed a while back called Ori and the Blind Forest and this game is most definitely on the same level of greatness as something produced by Microsoft Studios.

You play a seed, or you are often referred to as a Seed not really sure in this aspect because at a junction the story presents a narrative that argues this point. But anyways, once you arrive you are told to visit four different Sanctuary’s and meet each Guardian as you progress through each stage. The game involves basic puzzle solving, combined with stunning artwork, soothing melodies, platform gaming and lastly simply perfect narrative.

It is a fairly simple game and I finished it with a hundred percent completion in nearly eight hours being generous with time as well. But just because its simple doesn’t mean it is any less enjoyable, the game orchestrates itself in a manner that is both enticing and provocative to keep the players entertained. If you are a young gamer and you don’t want to expose them to more violent games, or any game that in general has violence in it. Than this would be the ideal game for you and your kids.

As the game has no enemies to combat and it relies heavily on its story telling capabilities and stunning artwork. However I will say this, for younger people the puzzles will in general keep the children occupied as they try to solve them. I found a few someone challenging myself which is why it took me eight hours to complete the game instead of finishing it quicker.

But I do have to note at times the controller felt very ridged and not my controller by the actual character controls itself. If you do not maintain momentum as you play through the game the character becomes a bit more listless and sluggish making solving puzzles that require jumping a bit harder.

I also encountered a bug in the game during its second phase, I guess you could call it that triggered my vibration settings on the controller and never shut them down. So now I got a glorified neck massager to help me stay at ease. Although this can be a bit tedious in general if you just enjoy having it vibrate when you jump or fall.

The only real solution to this problem is that you can turn it off in the settings menu but it completely turns the function off, if you turn it back on it will just continue vibrating regardless and not stop at all.

The game overall though is very solid, with stages that change for each segment you complete, a amazing mechanic to control the seasons to help solve puzzles like the Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons, and a beautiful and artistic world that feels as if it was painted onto my screen for me to enjoy.

Despite the game being really short, I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to play a very relaxing game. Seasons after Fall is more about the experience rather than the challenge and I’ve found it very fulfilling both as a game and as an art piece.

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven Review: Ori and the Blind Forest

maxresdefaultasdfaFirst up is our disclaimer.  We received 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.8X3BM5C1L4S4iYjL

Ori and the Blind Forest is possibly one of the best games I have ever played in a while. Which puts me into a awkward position because I want to tell you all about it but at the same time I don’t want to ruin the game for everyone.

Ori and the Blind Forest is a platform game in which you play as Ori, a little spiritual creature that looks surprisingly similar to MoMo from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Throughout the game you have to visit various temple-like places, but to do that you must find keys for each.ori-and-the-blind-forest-screen-9

Upon entering a temple, you are almost always greeted by hordes of enemies and need to fight your way out. This brings us to the game’s combat system. As you progress, you learn various fighting techniques from allies and friendly NPCs.

At the start of the game you are greeted by an old acquaintance who helps you battle dark creatures, such as evil frogs and birds with attitude. But the true beauty of the game is less about combat mechanics and more about story line and musical score.Ori-Blind-Forest

When I listen to the game’s sounds my heart just melts away. It’s a soothing and relaxing experience, giving the sensation of overwhelming completion to a simply elegant story. In fact, the script is so good that I cried at times; kind of like watching the opening of the Disney movie “UP”, except as a video game.

Throughout the story you make friends, fight enemies and struggle to restore the light that has been lost in the woods where you live. In conclusion, I highly recommend this game to anyone and everyone. The story is what won me over and the mechanics are just perfect.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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