Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Zodiac Interactive
- Developer: Spotlightor Interactive
- Release Date: Jan 31, 2018
- Rating: E10+ for Everyone 10+
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://candleman.me/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The idea in Candleman: The Complete Journey is relatively simple: Guide your small candle—that is legit the character you play as—to the end of each stage. Seems simple enough, right? Well, there’s a rather interesting twist to Candleman: The Complete Journey. Often, levels need light to see or to solve various puzzles. Thus, your candle will have to illuminate itself to light the way but can only do so for 10 seconds. Any longer than that and your candleman melts and thus you lose a life. Lose 10 and the level will have to be restarted.
Candleman: The Complete Journey becomes a rather unique title. Your life is attached to your own skill and that is rather different for an adventure/platforming title. Candleman: The Complete Journey starts off rather easy with you not having to worry about expending your 10 second light but as the levels get more complex it can be quite easy to abuse your skill and find yourself having to either restart at a checkpoint—which levels do have—or the whole stage from the beginning. If there are any flaws with Candleman: The Complete Journey, it is that this set up never changes and even as the levels become more complex or introduce newer elements to work along with your light ability, it still is the same format at the end of the day. Light the candles, navigate the map, and reach the end of the stage. Thankfully, Candleman: The Complete Journey’s repetitive nature is saved by two elements.
Graphically, Candleman: The Complete Journey looks quite amazing. There are several different environments scattered across nine chapters but each area looks and feels different. One chapter you might be in a cargo ship then the next in a lake with tons of large flowers that bloom when you light them. Add the fact that Candleman: The Complete Journey features a great ambiance with strong music and sounds and you have a title that keeps you immersed as you take every small step as the small candleman you are.
The other strong element of Candleman: The Complete Journey is the narrative. Each chapter has a brief narrator who explains the candleman’s strange journey. Though as you read into the tale and reach the conclusion, you can understand that Candleman: The Complete Journey isn’t a simple story of a magical candle coming to life. There’s a strong metaphor being explained here and while we wish to discuss this in detail, we won’t. Candleman: The Complete Journey’s story is something you’ll want to experience first hand and when you see the conclusion you’ll be surprised at what the story was all about.
Now, we need to mention one more fault with Candleman: The Complete Journey that we didn’t mention previously. While Candleman: The Complete Journey controls are extremely simple and none of the puzzles ever are overly challenging, the movement can be a bit imprecise at times. Often jumps and even tightrope movements lead to quick deaths because it’s kind of tough to judge how easily or far candleman will jump. This is a small issue however and as you play Candleman: The Complete Journey you get use to learning how jumps work and how to better take movement slow and steady at times. We recommend playing with a controller over the mouse and keyboard as it makes Candleman: The Complete Journey a better experience overall.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Impressive visuals
- Cool lighting mechanics
- Great ambiance and music
- Surprising narrative with a hidden message
- Can get a bit repetitive near the end
- Sometimes jumps don’t feel 100% precise