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[Beyond PlayStation] the StoryTale Review

[Beyond PlayStation] the StoryTale Review
EdEN
  • On December 15, 2020

Review Overview

Entertaining 2D platformer with plenty of bite-sized stages to take on
7
7

Rating

the StoryTale from Redblack Spade and Max Nuriev is a 2D fairytale action platformer on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our the StoryTale review!

 

the StoryTale from Redblack Spade and Max Nuriev is a 2D fairytale action platformer on Nintendo Switch in which you’ll be taking on an adventure to save a Princess. For some reason, the Princess did not want to be Queen, so one day, she slips out of the palace to search for a mysterious amulet. Hearing of the tale of the missing Princess, the Immortal Prince from a neighbor kingdom decides to use his cursed weapons to

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the StoryTale sets out to do some things differently since the main hero can’t die – you know, since he’s the Immortal Prince – and you can’t kill enemies, which is to be expected from a game that presents itself as a fairytale action platformer. When was the last time you experienced a fairytale story in which any of the characters died during a family-friendly journey?

 

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The controls for this adventure are also easy to understand since you’ll be moving the Princess and the Immortal Prince with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping and wall jumping with the A, B, X, or Y buttons. Depending on what abilities or weapons you have for a particular stage, you’ll be able to use them with L, R, ZL, or ZR buttons. As mentioned before, you can’t die during this adventure, but that doesn’t mean there are no consequences for your action! When playing as the Princess, if you land on the always classic sharp spikes or bump into an enemy, and your character will instantly respawn at the last magical fountain you activated. The Immortal Prince does his name justice and will only be sent flying back when hit by an enemy or any of the hazards.

 

Since the game is a fairytale adventure, there will be a narrator telling the story as you progress through each chapter. You’ll get to learn more about the overall story and what motivates each of the characters as a kid reads through what would be a fairytale book. Pay attention to the narrator, as well as to the different notes you’ll find on your adventure so that you can learn more about the different gameplay mechanics that are introduced. What if, for one particular area, platforms and enemies won’t move until you move? You could use this to your advantage so that you can avoid harm.

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Each stage will also have colored keys that match the colored chests they can open, so you’ll have to search for them so that you can later open up the door that leads to the next location. You’ll get to learn about this during the first stage in the StoryTale since a key will be conveniently located nearby – as will be the case for a chest of the same color – so that you can try it out. There are also hearts to collect in each level that act as the collectibles, in case you’re someone who likes to 100% games.

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the StoryTale is an entertaining 2D platformer with some mild puzzle solving and plenty of bite-sized stages to take on as the Princess and the Immortal Prince, featuring a good difficulty curve. While the enemy variety is not great – you’re going to be running into a ton of goblins during your adventure – this $11.99 release offers a good 2D adventure to play at home or on the go on your Nintendo Switch.

Disclaimer
This the StoryTale review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Redblack Spade.

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