Developer: Galdra Studios
PublisherGaldra Studios
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 05/01/2022
Price$18.89/£24.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

There is something refreshing when you are able to play a game and you are able to make the story your own. This is one of the best parts of playing a visual novel. Here we are looking at Arcadia Fallen. Let’s see how this one is. 

You play as an alchemist in a town that despises anything magical. Not only is it the town folks that hate magic, even the powerful people in the town despise magic. Making working in a shop that deals with magic a bit of a nightmare today the least. To this off, there are some people who wait to let magical beings and let them know how much they hate them, even if it involves a knife. 

Let’s not forget demons that come into the world and threaten to destroy it. And you have to figure out where they are coming from. In order to do this, you will gather an interesting group of heroes that will help you save the world. 

My only reservation on the story is that it all takes place in the town, and nothing outwith. This makes the problem of demons not as impactful. It is mentioned but never seen. It still works for the story, but I would have liked to have ventured out to see the world, as it sounds interesting. (Hint, Hint Galdra Studios).

Arcadia Fallen-gameplay

Make Your Own Story 

Arcadia Fallen allows for the player to really make this story their own. Before this magical adventure starts, you get to customise your character, then the story begins. As in most visual novels, there are just good or bad options, with few comical ones thrown in for good measure. Well, here we have a lot more choice, 

Be that serious or jokey and everything in between, the developers went out of their way to make the main character in Arcadia Fallen as much you as possible. This is great from a role play perspective. It leads to one slight down fall. 

The downfall of making a game with so many choices and making it feel inclusive for everyone seems to be there is no wrong way to play. On paper, this sounds great. In practice, with no wrong answers, even the bad endings are not even that bad. I also felt more like a passenger looking in rather than making decisions that will change the story for better or worse.

Alchemy and Battles

As any good alchemist knows, you must be able to create potions for the people who hate you but need you. In Arcadia Fallen, the alchemy is a puzzle with three interlocking circles, with sections of the circles highlighted. In order to complete these puzzles, you much match the alchemic formula, by moving the circles. This also goes the same for the battles.

It is never a taxing job, and it makes a good break from just reading and deciding your response. It had me engaged. 

Overall Arcadia Fallen is a good wee inclusive visual novel that tries to make something for everyone. However, by doing this, the story suffers a little. I still enjoyed the story and the puzzles.

I feel Arcadia Fallen is a good laid back visual novel to take up a few hours.

7-10
GOOD

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