[PlayStation 4] Effie Review
3D action-adventure Effie is a PlayStation 4 homage to the platformers classics that is definitely one to play on the console. Find out why in our Effie review!
In Effie you plays a Galand, a young adventurer who has been cursed with premature old age. He goes out on an adventure to find the cure to his predicament. The story begins as Galand tells young Effie a tale she will never forget. Galand had been blessed with great strength, but he was very lazy, so a hero this one was not. One day a young girl calls on his help as there is trouble in the forest. Galand says there is nothing he can do, and this lack of action is what doomed him. The young girl was actually a very powerful witch, and it is her who cursed him with premature aging.
When he finds himself in this predicament Galand seeks the aid of an old wise man, and he says Galand must travel to the Temple of the Protectors to find something that can help him on his journey. Once you find the Protectors, you will be told that you have to prove your worth, showing that you have a kind heart. You will need to defeat the evil with Melira, as well as cleanse the Gems of Evil, to be able to free the land from all evil. To help you, the Protectors will then give you Runestone, a magical shield that will prove to be quite useful.
This being a 3D action-adventure, you will move Galand with the left analog stick, while the camera is set to the right one. Jumping is set to the X button, and once you jump you can hang onto ledges and platforms, climbing up by once again pressing the X button, or climbing down by pressing the Circle button. Once you collect the shield that will be your trusty companion for this adventure, you can use it to attack enemies by pressing the Square button for light attacks, or the Triangle button for heavy attacks. Thanks to the shield, you’ll also be able to guard from enemy attacks by pressing the L1 button. Oh, and the shield will also grant you the possibility of doing a double jump. You know, as magical shields do. The most fun ability, though, is being able to ride the shield, quickly floating around each area.
As you explore each area in the game, you will notice some floating glowing runes. There are very important, because collecting them will grant Galand with experience points that will allow him to level up, boosting his power and making him even stronger – and perhaps a bit younger as well? Every rune you collect will help to fill up the experience bar in the upper left corner of the screen, and once it’s full, you will be rewarded for your efforts. Along with the runes, you also need to keep an eye out for the glowing chests that will grant you a bunch of experience one you smash them open.
As for trophy hunters, there are good news and bad news. While Effie does include a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, there are several missable trophies, as well as a point of no return that locks you out of being able to get the rest of them. Once you complete a section in the game, such as, for example, the starting area that serves as an extended tutorial for the basics, you won’t be able to visit it again, so any experience treasure chest, or a white treasure chest for one of the relics in the game, will be long gone. The good news is that you’re looking at around 6-8 hours to get all trophies at most, as long as you explore every corner of each location you visit.
Effie is a fun 3D action-adventure from indie team Inverge Studios, made possible thanks to the PlayStation Talents program in Spain. It pays homage to the classics of the genre while adding the bells and whistles you’d expect from a game released on PlayStation 4 in 2019. It’s available at a budget $19.99, and it’s an easy one to recommend for Sony’s home console.
This Effie review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Inverge Studios.