Emberwind Platform Game Download

Game Review by Richard Winterton
Game Rating = 2/5

Game Review Summary

Buy this game if
-You want a simple yet satisfying 2D action game.
-You are looking for a game with a lush but charming visual style
-You love classic fantasy with a warm and light hearted touch.

Do not buy this game if

-You want a deep and engrossing story and characters.
-You want deeply developed gameplay.
-You want a little more RPG with your medieval fantasy.

Full Game Review
Do you like Gnomes? Do you like Goblins? Do you like Gnomes beating the ever-loving Snot out of Goblins? Then you will love Emberwinds. Emberwinds is a 2D-action platform game from indie developer TimeTrap. While the game sports an interesting visual style and entertaining gameplay, it seems somewhat unpolished.

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Windows PC – System requirements
Windows XP or newer,
50MB of HD, 256 MB of RAM,
1 GHz processor

Mac OS X – System requirements
OS X Tiger or newer,
50MB of HD, 256 MB of RAM,
G4, G5 or Intel processor

Buy The Game Now $12.00 (Windows, Mac)

Story

The game takes place in the fantasy kingdom of Dalriada, a land teeming with Gnomes, Fairies, and Brownies. Players take the role of Kindle Elderwood: local Gnomish watchman. When his beloved home is besieged by goblins, Kindle leaves his beloved “Gnomestead” with his trusty white owl Wick on a journey to liberate the nearby villages and set things right in the land. So basically, it is your standard Tolkienesque fantasy tale, yet told with a slight hint of humor to take some of the edge off. While the story is charming, the writing seems a bit on the sparse side, with NPC dialogue coming off as little more than filler than anything truly remarkable.

Gameplay

The gameplay is your basic 2D sidescrolling fare. Run and jump through the levels, whacking at Goblins with your staff. Occasionally, you’re called upon to light fireplaces in villagers’ homes, which has its own sort of “fetch quest” vibe to it. The fighting is a mix of melee combat with RPG elements thrown in for good measure. Although the fighting can be fun, some of the levels can be rather confusing in their design. Often times, players are only given a vague objective with little indication of where to go or how to get there. This is made more complicated by the games spotty controls, which often have you running when you’re only mean to walk.


Graphics

The in-game visual style is impressive. Characters definitely have a surreal fairy tale quality to them, giving them a truly inspired look. The world itself is definitely a treat to behold, taking medieval fantasy and taking it back to much more charming look. Meanwhile, power-up and combat effects are visually stunning, lighting up the screen with explosions and sparkling effects. The image of cartoon goblins being lit a flame is definitely entertaining in its own right.

While the game is a gem to look at and entertaining for a while, it is not the most polished experienced. The tragedy is that it seems that there was a lot of potential here. Sadly, Emberwinds is not a truly realized experience. This is definitely a game that could have used some more development time.

Download Free Game Trial (Windows, Mac)

Windows PC – System requirements
Windows XP or newer,
50MB of HD, 256 MB of RAM,
1 GHz processor

Mac OS X – System requirements
OS X Tiger or newer,
50MB of HD, 256 MB of RAM,
G4, G5 or Intel processor

Buy The Game Now $12.00 (Windows, Mac)

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