The Dark Prophecy review (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Switch)

It is up to you, young adventurer, to save the fate of the world! … Literally!

Thank you Ratalika Games Who gave us a game code for media coverage and testing. Therefore, the publisher/developer authorizes us to distribute and/or use extracts from the game for our production needs and does not interfere in any way with the award of the final grade.

Point and click “Very old fashioned”

Ratalika Games Probably one of my favorite indie game publishers. With the constant stream of new titles landing on different platforms, this is an opportunity to try out many games at low prices. This time it’s your turn Dark Prophecy To land on all media, game Point and click pattern With 2D retro art graphics, reminiscent of classics like looming And the King’s mission.

very simple

In fact, The Dark Prophecy is a very simple game, without big shards or big ambitions. And be warned, this is not said in an offensive way, but in a way to express simplicity in all aspects of the game. A story that can be summed up in just three words – Search for Merlin the Wizard – 2D retro visuals worthy of the 16-bit era and game mechanics that even a 7-year-old can understand. In short, this is a game that almost everyone can play, whether you are 7 or 77 years old!

Although its premise fits only with cabbage leaves, it is imbued with good humor and humor. Sitting on the pier by the lake, our character suddenly sees several bubbles on the surface, from which the anthropomorphic face of the magician from the neighboring village is emerging. The latter carries a very important message, which must be conveyed to the magician of our village, none other than Merlin himself. Since the content of the message is of paramount importance in saving the world, our task will be to find Merlin and inform him of Prophecy Number 13,” Dark Prohecy “He started and he has to stop her at any cost!

Then we begin our quest to help Merlin save our world, which will lead us to visit different places around our village and eventually reach the famous wizard. Obviously, as in all good category games Point and clickThere would be nothing as simple as knocking on the castle door to discuss with Merlin. We will then have to explore the environments in order to collect various items here and there, which will allow us to advance to it.

To do this we will basically have four types of actions available via different icons, easily accessed by pressing a button that makes them rotate in turn. We can then move with the cursor (Arrow), take a closer look at the decor elements (eye), discuss with residents (text bubble) and/or interaction with different elements (palm). In addition to the fact that it is sometimes difficult to fit well with the interactive elements of the scene, the rest is easily and conveniently implemented.

The items you collect that can be used later will be placed at the top of the screen, in a dynamic list that will only appear when you move the cursor to the top of the screen. Like many other titles in this genre, you’ll have to make certain items interact together in the same menu, but very rarely. Most of the time, all you have to do is select the item from your list and drag it over an item in the environment you want it to interact with. Other times, the simple fact that we have certain items in our possession in the list will be enough to start scripts to advance the scenario. As you can see, it’s simply perfect!

Nothing in The Dark Prophecy is going to have a real “cool” effect on you, despite a few small smiles here and there due to some textual lapses. In addition, the bottom is a little painful, because the game is only available in two languages, English and what appears to be Polish. Moreover, if you scroll to the side of the menu, you will see an option that allows you to adjust the volume of the dialogues, but no matter how much you have tried in French or in another language, no words are spoken at all during the dialogue stages with the characters. It’s a little weird, let’s say…

Although the 2D retro art style used is decent, it seems to be missing something to make it more appealing. Perhaps more animation or finer pixel-level quality would have made things more pleasing to the eye, but that’s not the case. The game isn’t ugly, just visually unexciting. Furthermore, since the environments we’ll have to visit aren’t that plentiful, we went fast and the repetition effect soon took effect in part.

The Dark Prophecy is not a bad game, but from countless other titles of its kind on the market, this game will not find its way into the hearts of fans of this category of games. Plus, if you’re the least savvy at understanding the tasks to be done, you can get the game done from the ground up in as little as an hour and a half…and maybe even less! The logic of things to be done is more discernible than it is in many point up Where things often don’t make a head or a tail. But maybe that’s what makes the adventure shorter, because we don’t waste long minutes of thinking trying to figure out what the game expects of us.

In short, The Dark Prophecy is a good little game to discover and with a price that fluctuates between $10 and $13, making it a very good title. If you are a little patient, things may be more worthwhile when this is put up for sale in one of the various online stores!

Rule

Game test - score 6

Positives

  • Visual art 2D retro decent pixel
  • cute little story
  • Simple controls and handling
  • The logic of things to do
  • The music is very good… but…
  • Another inexpensive address
Negatives

  • The graphics lack animation
  • Very few different places to explore
  • …music becomes redundant
  • No texts in French, no dialogues despite the voice option in the menu
  • Extremely short (45m – 1h 30 max)

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Note that the tested version is the existing version PS5. The game is also available on PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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