It’s getting to that point in summer where I’m tired of the heat and ready for the cool airs of autumn which only means one thing…HALLOWEEN IS COMING! Alas, it’s only August and that means I have to wait… that’s until the awesome ghouls at Epic Llama, and Buka Entertainment brought a little bit of Halloween early with their point and click adventure Darkestville Castle.
In Darkestville Castle players take on the role of a demon named Cid who lives in the village of Darkestville. Being the only demon in town, Cid goes around the terrorizes the locals every night for his amusement till one night he inadvertently released a hoard of demons onto the village and in the process lost his castle.
Now onto the game itself! The controls in Darkestville Castle is pretty basic, you move the cursor around with the joystick on your controller and press the button that usually acts as your action button. You can look at the control settings and pretty much see how the controls are mapped out.
When it comes to audio, I was shocked to learn that it was fully voiced! The voice acting is pretty awesome in this but you can tell there’s a limited voice cast but that’s actually OK in this case, it goes with the tone of the story, it gives it a storytime feel to it. The music in the background is fun and again fits with the tone given with the light-heartiness of the story and the main character.
The art style of Darkestville Castle is pretty great with its bright colors and cartoonish look that reminds me of the point and click games I used to play on websites like Newgrounds giving me a bit of a nostalgic feeling!
The playing experience is what you expect of the point and click game, there are a lot of problem-solving and puzzles to work out in order to advance the story, and a lot of back and forth to different areas in the game which gets a bit repetitive but hey, pretty much every point and click game I’ve ever played was like that.
Darkestville Castle overall is an enjoyable taste of Halloween in the middle of summer and would recommend it to anyone who wants that same feeling early or to play in October. The game delivers what it said it would, it’s silly, creative, offers the right amount of a challenge without angering the player, it’s perfect for someone who wants to play a good ol’ fashioned point and click that you grew up playing. On my scale of 1 to 10, Darkestville Castle earns a 10.
Darkestville Castle comes out on August 13th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.