Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: SOEDESCO Publishing
- Developer: Gamera Interactive
- Release Date: Dec 12, 2017
- Price:$7.99 (will be $9.99 after Dec 19. 2017)
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Puzzle
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.gameragames.net/p/fearful-symmetry-cursed-prince.html
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince throws players into the role of Hero and a strange little hooded little creature. Hero recently picked up a dangerous scroll known as the Symmetry Scroll and has become bonded to the hooded being. Now, players must keep both souls alive by using their controllers or keyboards—both can be utilized in Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince—to help them survive numerous challenges. While the challenges themselves seem simple enough, we assure you they aren’t that simple.
As we mentioned above, the main idea behind Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is in the fact that players control two people at once. That means you could have on one screen, a safe pathway to follow but on the other, deadly spikes that need to be switched off. As you move, the other moves and if either character dies, you’ll have to restart the level. At first it seems simple enough to control two people but the difficulty comes in later when you face puzzles that need you to move fast and accurately. This is where Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince shines brightest is that it doesn’t feel like a tough game because of the area hazards but because you as the player are doing something you’re typically not geared to do in games. Think of the popular Nintendo DS game The World Ends With You and how tough that got when the on screen elements began to ramp up in the later game, that’s what you’ll face in Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince just with less on screen components but oh so tough ones nonetheless.
Besides the cool idea of two characters being controlled together, the other nice concept in Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is that there are not one but three characters you can play as. While the first character doesn’t have special powers, the other two do with abilities like teleport and magic that can destroy items impeding your progression. These characters are fun to play as but that’s where our one issue with Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince comes into view. If you want to control the two other characters who have cool powers over the main default Hero who has no powers, then you need to beat his campaign first. While the bonus maps give you the means of playing the other characters earlier than the main story, it would still be nice to occasionally switch up who you were controlling especially when you need a break after failing multiple times on a puzzle. Though, we understand why developer Gamera Interactive decided on this execution as it gives players multiple reasons to go through Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince and thus, this is just a minor issue with us and not a large one.
Lastly, we wanted to talk about the graphic and sound for Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince. We seriously love the retro visuals for Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince and the cute designs of the characters. All the maps pop with that great retro look and it helps that the soundtrack mirrors this with some great tunes that remind us of the old gaming days. Even when we die multiple times, we don’t ever mind too much. That just means we get to see more of the adorable characters and that’s a plus in our minds.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Symmetrical gameplay is awesome and truly a great gameplay element
- Adorable designs
- Tough but intriguing puzzles with more than one way to solve depending on the controlled character
- Multiple reasons to replay through the campaign thanks to three heroes, two of which with special powers
- Affordable price
- 30+ puzzles and bonus stages which offer up a sizeable amount of puzzle gaming time
- Puzzles will test your patience at times
- We wish the other playable characters didn’t need to be unlocked by beating the main game once