[Beyond PlayStation] King Lucas Review
King Lucas is a procedurally generated 2D action-platformer in which you must save the lost princesses. Learn more in our King Lucas review!
In King Lucas from Hidden Trap and Devilish Games, you will take on an adventure to try and win the King’s favor. It turns out the Queen has divorced the King, and she ended up marrying the ruler of a neighboring kingdom. All that the King has left are his three daughters, who he loves with all of his heart. You will arrive at the Kingdom of Sausan and be greeted by King Lucas himself, who asks that you please go on an adventure to save Princess Pia, who has gone missing. Since you’re a brave knight – who wouldn’t mind getting the handsome reward King Lucas is offering, you take on the challenge right away.
The first step before you can start to play King Lucas will be to create your avatar. You can customize the way your knight looks by selecting from the different skin colors, eyebrows, eyes, noses, and mouths on offer. The avatar will then be displayed in the upper part of the screen, and you’ll be able to dive into a new quest. It turns out the castle has been cursed, which is why its rooms constantly change their position as new knights try to save the Princess – which is the game’s way of explaining its procedurally generated nature.
You’ll move your brave knight with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, running by pressing and holding down the Zr button. You can make your knight jump with the B button – or by pressing up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad -, and the Y button will be for using your mighty weapon to defeat any enemy foolish enough to come near you. You can consult your map with the L button so that you can see what you have done. If you want to quickly review your weapons and equipment, you can press the R button to access your inventory and make changes accordingly. You can also access the map and your inventory by pressing the + button to go to the pause menu.
When you start to explore the castle and run into an enemy, you will notice its name and stats will pop up as an avatar on the upper left part of the screen. This will allow you to know what type of monster you’re going up against, as well as how many hit points it has. Slimes are going to be the weakest of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pack a punch and deal some damage to your knight if you’re not careful. Defeat them, and you might end up with some gold coins in your pocket!
The coins can be used at the Blacksmith to purchase new weapons and other pieces of equipment to aid you on your quest. Your starting weapon has a nice based speed stat, but the overall damage it deals is serviceable at best. You could find yourself with a larger sword that is slower but has a longer reach, or you might want to invest in a rather expensive but powerful sword of fire, which deals three times as much damage per hit as your starting weapon. There are also shields up for grabs, in case you want to protect yourself from harm.
You could also decide to spend your hard-earned coins at the shop of the Witch of Sausan, who will offer a variety of items to assist you. For your adventure in Castle Sausan, you will start with a handful of keys to open any doors you find in the rooms you visit, but if you run out, you can visit the Witch of Sausan to purchase more. She also sells a health potion that can help you recover your lost health, an invincibility potion that will make you completely invincible for a short period of time, a crystal ball that can tell you how many rooms you need to complete before you reach the level’s goal, and a compass that can point you in the right direction.
Each run in Castle Sausan will be separated into levels. The first level will have you going over only a small percentage of the total rooms that the castle has to offer, which will allow you to get used to how things work in the game – stuff such as how when you jump and swing your sword, your knight will immediately start to fall to the ground, losing any upwards momentum – before you take on a bigger challenge. Reach the level’s goal, and the castle will open up new areas and reconfigure its layout, up until you’re exploring more than 1,000 rooms to try and find the lost Princess!
King Lucas is a find 2D action platformer with a clean art style and easy to understand gameplay mechanics that won’t feel overwhelming. It’s a good option for younger players or those who are new to the genre so that they can start to get their feet wet. Its procedurally generated nature means that no two runs will ever be the same, but the game does mix around the same rooms for each run, so you will eventually end up finding that room from 4 runs ago during your 7th run, and so on. King Lucas is out on Nintendo Switch for a low $4.99.
This King Lucas review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Hidden Trap.