Archaica: The Path of Light Review
Greetings fellow Goblins! Karthas here with a great game that I would suggest to any of you puzzlers! Archaica: The Path of Light, which releases on September 8th. This game was developed by Two Mammoths, an indie studio comprised of two brothers. Archaica is a beautiful puzzle game in which you must guide beams of light to their final destination. The game has a beautiful soundtrack, the graphics are great, and the game itself it quite challenging. So be sure to check this game out, my review is below.
Additionally Two Mammoths has been gracious enough to give us an extra Steam key! So to celebrate the release of Archaica we are doing a…wait for it…GIVEAWAY! Who doesn’t like free stuff? So find out the details of the giveaway below.
From the game site itself:
“In this game we become the chosen one who is sent on a quest to walk the legendary Path of Light and save the world from impending disaster. We revive mysterious artifacts, explore secrets of an alien civilization, and discover the true destiny of The Path along the way through extraordinary realms.”
From a gameplay stand point this simply means you will solve puzzles by bouncing, splitting, and bending light. Sounds pretty simple but the game is really enjoyable.
The gameplay in Archaica is pretty simple. You go from level to level solving puzzles by directing beams of light into crystals. The puzzles start pretty simple, but begin to get more complicated as you get different artifacts to work with. For example, at the start of the game you get a mirror that reflects the beam at a 90 degree angle. But soon you get a mirror that seems to reflect the light at a 45 degree angle, and then you get something that splits the beam of light in half. In addition to the new artifacts you have to work, you must begin combing beams of light into a single crystal. All of these mechanics begin to come together as you work to solve each of these challenges.
The controls in Archaica are pretty simple. You view the puzzles from the top down and move up, down, left, or right on the map. You left-click on a device you would like to rotate to turn it one way, and right-click to turn it the other way. Pretty simple.
The graphics look great! The levels feel polished and the beams of light are actually quite beautiful to look at as they bounce from mirror to mirror. The craziest thing about this game is that it runs on its own engine! I’m going to be honest…I don’t know what goes into building your own engine, but I don’t imagine it being a simple thing to do. Otherwise everyone would be creating their own engines. Its really a testament to the care and dedication Two Mammoths has for Archaica.
I love the story telling in Archaica. On each level there are small tablets that you can find. Once you find them all on a level, they reveal a small part of the story that led up to this point. Sometimes when you start a new level you will get a small snippet of the story as well. These bite-sized pieces do a good job of breaking up the monotony of the puzzle solving. I found myself scouring the map looking for the tablets before I even started the puzzles. In addition to the tablets, there are small gems to be collected that can provide hints should you need them. But if you are a completionist like me, you will find the gems even if you don’t intend to use the hints!
What I Liked
I really enjoyed this game. The music, sound effects, graphics, and story telling all work together to create a great experience for players. The ambient music and occasional tribal drumming made the worlds you visited feel mystical. I really enjoyed hunting down the tablets and uncovering the story piece by piece. The puzzles were quite challenging and really made you stop and think how to solve them. You couldn’t just power through the levels. The game even rewards players who want to go the extra mile by allowing them to unlock secret levels should they choose to do so.
What Can be Improved
Because it is a puzzle game, it can become monotonous at times. Solving puzzle after puzzle is not the most exciting thing, in my opinion. But this is a problem most puzzle games have, so it is not so much an issue with Archaica, so much as it is an issue with the genre. Also some of the puzzles are pretty difficult! Now again this is a personal issue, not so much an issue with the game. But for myself, some of the puzzles took me quite some time to solve. I found that I would eventually just start turning mirrors hoping for something to work.
Overall, I really enjoyed Archaica. The game creates an awesome atmosphere using a combination of music, graphics, story telling, and gameplay. The puzzles are quite challenging and really make you take a step back and think as you try to solve them. The game rewards players who wish to be challenged even more by allowing them to unlock secret levels. Finally, collectors will enjoy hunting down the relics and crystals to ensure each level has a 100% completion rate.
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