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'Oceanhorn' with satisfy 'Zelda' fans

September 12, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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OceanhornThey say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is true, than 'Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas' is right on the money. A ‘Legend of Zelda’ tribute or a ‘Legend of Zelda’ clone, depending on your point of view, ‘Oceanhorn’ borrows a lot from the famous and successful Nintendo franchise but not always for the better.

As young boy, a younger Link double complete with sword and shield, you are on a quest to find your father, a mystical artifact (read the Triforce) and perhaps defeat the fabled Oceanhorn, your father’s Moby Dick.

In your ramshackle sail boat, you travel from island to island solving puzzles, clearing dungeons and collecting treasure and coins. Sailing through the ocean to get from one point to another would be appealing if there was anything to do or if they cut to you just docking at your destination. That would be practical. Instead, you spend valuable time twiddling your thumbs as your boat is locked on that frustrating cruise control over and over again.

OceanhornThe fact that ‘Oceanhorn’ was originally a mobile, touch pad/screen game that has been ported over to consoles, shows in other aspects of the game as well. While the voice acting and graphics are quite good, some of the gameplay is not. Many of the puzzles, since they were initially designed for a mobile experience or environment, are too straightforward, too easy. They really don’t present much of a challenge, to be honest.

The leveling system too is also very primitive. While you do earn experience for killing monsters, reading signs and throwing so many jars, your character just levels up at will. You don’t have any say in what new skills you obtain or how to improve yourself as a character. There really is no depth to your unnamed character or the plot either.

OceanhornFrom the skulls that are emblazoned on the backs of spiders, to chopping plants for treasure, to being able to direct your opponent’s attacks back at them with your shield or the very familiar soundtrack itself, 'Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas' is a heart-felt homage to ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series and as such will please many fans especially at just $14.99 on Xbox Live. This is, as long as their expectations are checked at the drawbridge.

OceanhornOceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: FDG Entertainment
Developer: Cornfox & Bros.
ESRB Rating: E10

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Rating: 7 / 10

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