[PS4 Platformer Review] Candlelight
Candlelight is a vibrant platformer from one man indie dev Pixel Maverick Games. In this game players are placed in control of the lonely candle must go on an adventure to fight other candles that must be light up. Are you ready for a fun platformer?
A world cast into darkness… but there is hope. A lone candle must journey through a dangerous land to bring light back to the world. After a mysterious entity extinguishes all the candles in the land, a lone surviving candle sets out on a most important adventure to bring light back to the land.
Get ready for an adventure that takes the lone candle through many unique and dangerous lands.
Visit lost tropical islands, desolate deserts, lava filled volcanoes, vast oceans, dark forests, puzzling castles, and more. Jump, shoot, push, and burn your way through the quest of a lifetime.
The first level in the game serves as its tutorial, showing players they can jump with the X button (which they have to do since there’s a handful of obstacles on the way that must be jumped over), double jump by pressing the X button twice in a row, push with the Triangle button, sprint for a bit by pressing the Square button (which also doubles as your “burn” button to light up items), and find all items in a level on your minimap by pressing the L1 button (a very handy feature once you find the minimap for a level!). If there’s a big gap you need to clear, then sprinting before jumping will greatly increase the distance you can cover. You’ll also learn that once you unlock the burn feature (activated with the R2), you can, well, burn things that are getting in your way, and you can also shoot fire at beehives to make them drop small wax pieces that will refill your wax count.
You must always keep moving towards your goal because the fact that you’re controlling a candle means your wax will be burning and running out, so you should always be on the lookout for the wax collectibles on your way to keep your candle burning strong (every level includes 25 pieces of wax in total). Each level also includes a set of idols for you to find, and lighting five of them will open a hidden area for you to explore. If you die (and trust me, you will die in the game), you’ll instantly respawn at the last campfire you activated, which is usually never far away from the area where your light was extinguished – and you’ll respawn with a full wax count, which is a nice bonus.
Before you can find your first candle to light, you will first need to light three matches that are hidden in small areas you can access by pressing up on the corresponding door to open the chamber where the candle is hidden. These small areas will show you how water is very bad for your candle, how the wind can temporally extinguish your flame (lowering your total wax in the process) and that lava is even worse for your candle!
As you progress through the game, the small areas that contain the matches start to get harder and harder, but the game never feels as if it unfairly raises the difficulty curve for no reason, and the same is true for the hidden areas you open up by finding at least five idols for the level. They will start to mix and match different types of platforms and hazards while remaining true to their respective theme (water, wind and fire/lava), testing your skills as you get better at Candlelight.
Trophy hunters are going to love Candlelight because one new trophy is awarded for every candle you find and manage to light, meaning that they’re all story related, and there are no missable trophies. Unfortunately, Candlelight features thirteen Bronze trophies, one Silver trophy, and one Gold trophy, but at least you won’t have to go out of your way while playing the game to get a 100% count for your collection!
If you’re looking for a charming and fun platformer on PlayStation 4 then Candlelight is certainly the game for you. It has a solid difficulty curve that is never overwhelming, a set of unmissable trophies, great graphics and tight gameplay mechanics that will keep you going until the end.
Solid gameplay mechanics
This review is based on a copy of Candlelight provided by Pixel Maverick Games