Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas from Cornfox & Bros and FDG Entertainment is a very charming and fun action game that pays homage to The Legend of Zelda series. As you can tell from the how the game looks, it particularly does this for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and it does so in style. This is a great game that can stand on its own and which you have to play on PlayStation 4. Come read our Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas review to learn why!
After the first cutscene which sets the story in motion, the game casually places you in front of a useful sign. Why is it so useful? Because it gives you a look at the game’s controls! You can move around with the left analog stick and turn the camera around with the right analog stick. The D-Pad is set for selecting items, and you use them by pressing the Circle button. The R2 button brings up your shield. The Square button allows you to attack, while the Triangle button gives you the chance to cast a spell. Finally, the X button is your action button – what type of actions? You’ll need to play the game to find out!
The starting area functions as a tutorial location that shows you what you can do in the game. You’ll pick up and smash jars, open up treasure chests, grab some coins, and search for secrets. You’ll even get to fight some enemies to give you a feel for the game’s combat. You’ll also learn about checkpoints, magical artifacts from the Arcadian era that will allow you to magically spawn next to them if something bad happens.
As you explore, you’ll receive crystals from the enemies you defeat or the treasure chests you find. These reward you with experience points which are added to your experience bar so that you can level up.
Speaking of this, you should also aim at completing the challenges the game throws at you. You can check them in the menu screen, and they’re well worth your time since they’re not so hard! For example, the first set of challenges were for collection 25 coins, reading ten signs and retrieving my father’s sword and shield. While I was working towards those, I found a sign that said I should lift up objects and throw them. There was a jar next to it as well as an enemy crab a few steps away. I grabbed the jar, threw it at the crab and killed it… and I accidentally completed a challenge for killing a crab with a jar! I then completed another challenge for completing ten combos, and this was enough for me to level up. After I had leveled up, I was prompted to press the Options button. This refilled my health and gave me ten coins as a reward. The higher you go, the better the rewards will get, so always be on the lookout for more crystals!
Once you find your father’s sword and shield, your adventure will truly begin. You’ll learn of mechanical creatures who are wreaking havoc, and will finally get the master key needed to unlock the way to your boat – before you leave the island, be sure to check the main hut since it holds a treasure chest with your first heart piece which you couldn’t open until you got the master key! Once you board your boat, you’ll be sent to the world map to select the island you’d like to visit. Travel is done automatically after you set a course, but you can’t just relax during your trip. Enemies lurk in the open waters, so be ready to take them out before it’s too late!
The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum, and you’ll probably spend 12-15 hours or so with the game before you can unlock all trophies. To make this even better, there isn’t a single missable trophy in the game! In fact, the trophies are tied to the challenges you can complete in each of the game’s islands. Sure, some challenges are specific to a particular island or two, but this won’t get in your way.
I really liked my time with the game for my Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas review. It’s a colorful and fun adventure that is the perfect length – it certainly knows it shouldn’t overstay its welcome. It’s a great option for all PlayStation 4 owners who crave a good adventure at home, and trophy hunters will have a lot of fun with it. I highly recommend that you play this one today!
Good homage to The Legend of Zelda.
No missable trophies.
|Some minor bugs here and there|
This Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas review is based on a PS4 copy provided by FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co KG
Written by: EdEN
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