[Beyond PlayStation] Cast of the Seven Godsends Review
Cast of the Seven Godsends is a love letter to the retro arcade games of the 1980’s – releases like classics such as Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins. Learn more about it in our Cast of the Seven Godsends review!
Cast of the Seven Gods is an action-packed 2D platformer in which you play as King Kandar who rules over the Kingdom of Darcea. The King’s newborn son has been kidnapped by Emperor Zaraaima, and while trying to rescue the baby, Kandar was murdered and his body sealed in the ruins of Darcea. The seven Gods have now resurrected Kandar, and have also granted him their powers so that he can use new abilities to help him defeat anyone who stands in his way. Will Kandar succeed where he failed the first time?
The environments offer a nice variety, from evergreen forests to raging volcanoes, all with a nice attention to detail. In each of the locations, you visit you will encounter a good variety of enemies, including some nasty and deadly demons. There are enemies which are native to a particular area so, for example, you will only find fire imps in the volcano areas.
You quest, as you can imagine, requires that you destroy the evil Emperor that kidnapped your newborn son to destroy him. He is not the only boss you will battle since there are many other challenging bosses on your path to reach the emperor that will certainly challenge you. Out of the lot, I do have to mention that the armored minotaur is a personal favorite of mine.
You begin each level without any armor and with only a small amount of hit points, but as you go, you can collect armor pieces which are hidden inside treasure chests. Armor will give you an extra hit point. You can also collect a gem which will grant you one of the spells of the seven Gods, transforming you. These gems are known as Godsend.
The world map appears during the loading time for every level, and it is vibrant and full of color. Speaking of the loading times in the game theyâ€™re not too long, but theyâ€™re certainly not a few seconds long. The loading times are not a deal-breaker since they donâ€™t get in the way and donâ€™t make the game any less fun, but hopefully, the team works on a patch that helps to lower the loading times a bit.
The game may sound a little on the short side, what with just seven stages to play, but each stage has two or more sub-stages, so there is certainly a lot of content to enjoy. There are five weapons, and you can create different combinations, depending on the elements of your enemy to deal considerable damage. For example, ice works fabulously on fire-based enemies, and since the game is based heavily on trial and error, you need to be prepared to die a lot, learning something new with every subsequent try.
There is a ton of stuff to unlock, and the requirements for some of these objectives are very challenging. You might, for instance, be asked to beat the game while playing at specific difficulty settings or to complete specific stages with a power-up in particular, and this is where the game gains some extra replay value if you want to 100% the game.
The only issue I had with the game was the spelling and grammar errors in the in-game text, which isnâ€™t out of the ordinary for an indie team for whom English is not their first language. They are not big mistakes, and they can be easily rectified with an update, and since this is a 2D action platformer, the mistakes wonâ€™t get in your way.
Cast of the Seven Godsends is a fun 2D action platformer on Nintendo Switch that you should check out if youâ€™re a fan of games such as Ghosts â€˜nâ€™ Goblins. With its solid enemy and boss design, tight gameplay mechanics and varied stage types, this is one 2D game I recommend you check out for Nintendoâ€™s hybrid console.
This Cast of the Seven Godsends review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Merge Games.