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[PlayStation 5] Candle Knight Review

[PlayStation 5] Candle Knight Review
EdEN
  • On May 23, 2024

Candle Knight from JanduSoft and Dracma Studios is a 2.5D action game in which the titular character must vanquish evil and eradicate darkness. Check our Candle Knight review!

 

Candle Knight from JanduSoft and Dracma Studios is a 2.5D action game in which the titular character must vanquish evil and eradicate darkness. You must use your fire to light the way as you take on enemies of different shapes and sizes. You’re an enchanted candleholder who is trying to bring light to its home. It’s up to you to help Candle Knight travel deeper and deeper into the castle to find the source of all evil before it’s too late.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick and can press the X button to make him jump. The longer you press the X button, the higher your jump will be. Pressing down on the left analog stick will make your character crouch so it can then crawl as needed. The Circle button will be for interacting. You could, for example, interact with a painting and be transported into it. You should also interact with chalices. If defeated, you’ll be transported to the last chalice you interacted with. If you’re hurt, press left on the D-Pad to use a Gale Shard to heal your wounds.

 

Once you collect the sword, you’ll be able to attack by pressing the Square button. Actions such as attacking or blocking will add or reduce Ignition. Ignition will be stored in the Ignis Gauge in the upper left corner of the screen and will automatically deplete over time. Candle Knight will switch between 3 different states depending on how much Ignition it has accumulated: Warm, Ignited, or Ablaze. Each change in state will boost your attack in exchange for some of your defense while also increasing Candle Knight’s speed, so it’s a bit of a risk vs. reward system. Obtain a shield, and you’ll get to defend yourself by pressing the L2 button. Blocking costs 2 segments of the Ignition Gauge, so be sure to pay attention!

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You should search every nook and cranny so that you can find all the treasure chests in the game. This way, you can collect additional coins as well as find valuable items such as Armor Pieces, which will permanently increase your overall health. Or maybe you’ll find a new ability like the Wall Jump. You can use coins when visiting the Merchant. The Merchant will have a variety of wares to offer to you… for a price. You could buy yourself a Gale Shard or a Solr Vial, or buy a Torch Blade to boost your attack or a mighty and robust Tower Shield to increase your defense. Grab every single coin you can find and get some extra after defeating enemies because you’re going to need hundreds of coins to buy everything that the Merchant has in stock!

 

Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. Since it’s a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5, you’ll be able to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and each one will have its own trophy list. Said lists will have 8 Bronze trophies, 7 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies to work on. Some of the objectives to complete include interacting with a painting for the first time, interacting with the Merchant for the first time, defeating each of the bosses in the game, upgrading a weapon for the first time, obtaining four Armor Pieces, clearing 3 platforming challenges, and lighting up all chalices.

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And now, for the bad. The game is hindered by a weird and jittery framerate that hiccups at the worst of times. Opened a chest? The framerate will jump. The game is saving your progress? The framerate is going to act up. Defeated an enemy? You better hope there’s not another one nearby, or else it’s going to attack you right after, because the framerate will jump for a second and you won’t be able to block in time or jump out of the way of said additional enemy. Trying to jump over a pool of water that can easily defeat your character? Who knows, you might get lucky, but odds are the framerate will also act up for no apparent reason.

 

Candle Knight is a 2.5D action game in which the titular character must vanquish evil and eradicate darkness. It will initially grab your attention as it shifts the camera around, has you jump inside of a painting, and gives you access to the sword and shield, but it will slowly start to lose you due to its weird framerate hiccups, janky combat with a shield that is useless most of the time, and platforming segments that could have used some extra work. Candle Knigth is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $12.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra.

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Disclaimer
This Candle Knight review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by JanduSoft.

Review Overview

2.5 action game that could have used some extra time in the oven
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