Developer: Silver Lemur Games
Publisher: Pineapple Works
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 20/04/2020
£17.99 £12.59/ $19.99 $13.99
On sale until 09/11/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
One word sums up this game, nostalgia. Not the rose-tinted glasses kind. This is full blow oh wow! This is my childhood nostalgia of nights playing Might & Magic. In this first person action RPG. The story to Amberland is nothing that will blow you away. Your team of seven adventures have been tasked to collect the Forgotten Crown artifact, to lift the curse of forgetfulness on the Kingdom. Yeah, not mind blowing.
To be honest, I do not think Silver Lemur where thinking lets make a story heavy game. They were concentrating on being back in the early nineties last eighties vibe of gaming and damn did they nail this.
Starting the game you can create your own team of adventures and set of on this quest, or you can get the game to make a generic party. Then off in to world you go to find the crown. We all know that will not happen at least right away.
The game has a massive open world to explore that’s filled with all kinds of monsters from Goblins, to snakes and much more. There are also littered mines, dungeons, and many a secret to find. The game actively encourages exploration with any real in your face hints of where the aim is. It is easy to get lost in the world, with this blocking pixelated art style and 2D character models, not to mention the world filled with tress rivers, mountains and so on,.
There are several building the players can enter to buy essentials like food for resting or new equipment and talk to the locals. This is not something that will eat in to your play time as the focus was on getting out and killing everything and getting your party to be as powerful as possible.
Talking about battles, they are simple, complicated and sometimes aggravating. To start a battle, you just have to walk in to the enemy and the fight starts. With the simple turned based mechanic that is fine unless you start just hitting A for what /action button thinking it will do a basic attack. The battle system is fine apart from this one aspect. The game remembers the last action the party member performed and sets that as the action button. So if you do not paying enough attention, you will be healing when you want to attack. To top it off, the only indicator of who is acting, is a border around the character profile picture. Believe me its easy to miss.
Overall Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown is a nostalgia based romp through old school first person adventure RPGs. That nails all the aspects down to a tee. With an annoying battle mechanic that needs you to be paying some attention to battles just in case. I would say this is worth playing for sure.