THE FORBIDDEN ARTS (EARLY ACCESS)
By Alex "Scorpidvenom" Adriaens on February 6, 2018
The Forbidden Arts is an action-platformer game that is launched on Steam Early Access by Stingbot Games on February 7th, 2018. By releasing their game as an Early Access title, the developers can get a lot of feedback from the community so they can make changes to the game in the process. Makes sense, doesn't it? Well, let's not waste any more time and take a peek at this upcoming title.
The forbidden Arts is an adventure platform game, set on the fantasy world of Chora. The game's main focus is on exploring and questing. While going through the levels, jumping, exploring and killing monsters, you will get stronger and stronger. And trust me when I say you'll need to get stronger if you want to have any chance of finishing the game and save the people of Chora from the evil machinations of a devious Necromancer.
You are Phoenix, a young girl that is given the ability to harness the power of fire. While playing you will learn to master these Pyromancer powers and, in the process, get stronger by doing so. Your power can help you regain life, act like a shield or even blast you high into the sky. The best thing about this power is that it fits the character of Phoenix very well. When playing The Forbidden Arts, I quickly found out that the game is quite divers as far as level- and sound design goes, which also means playing it will not get boring any time soon!
The game looks really appealing. The game's viewpoint changes from 2.5D platform environments when on a quest to full 3D when scouring the Overworld itself, which acts as a sort of hub that connects quests. I think that the game is best played with a controller. I don't know why, it just feels like that is what the game was designed for. Alas, I didn't have the chance to play with a controller myself, but I personally think it will make controlling Phoenix quite a bit easier and even more fun! The sounds where really good, and helped give the game that Zelda platformer kind of style that I so love. You will meet an expansive cast of characters to talk to, and boy, do they have loads of stories to tell!
When traveling across the Overworld, you'll come across different kinds of areas in which you can find new quests for you to go on and other characters to talk to. The Overworld is the place you will return to after you have finished a quest. In contrast to the quest levels themselves, the Overworld has a full 3D look to it and enables you to roam freely in search for quests that let you go on your next awesome adventure!
The questing is just like questing should be. You will have to gather items or kill enemies in order to complete these quest. I was happy to notice that these quests never felt repetitive in any way. I can honestly say that I rather enjoyed the questing so far. Also, a fun thing to mention is the climbing of walls during these quests. Now and again, spikes will shoot out of the wall, so be careful not to get impaled! I liked this little addition; I personally thought that it was clever design and gave a nice extra touch to the 2.5D quest levels.
All in all, The Forbidden Arts is a good game. It is still in Early Access, so there will still be things that need to be tweaked a bit. For example: the controls. Although you can freely map your controls to whatever you like, the keyboard / mouse combo didn't always agree with me. I remember struggling with jumping from one wall to another at some point. I just couldn't get it. Luckily, after fiddling with the settings for a while, I eventually got over this hurdle and was on my merry way! This is where I think controller support could make all the difference.
The overall feeling of the game was one of pure awesomeness! I love platform games, especially if your character makes use of special powers and there is a wonderful and beautifully crafted world, filled with monsters, lore and cool characters to journey through and explore. And, luckily for me, this game has all of the above and more! It a truly challenging experience; one that I will not soon stop playing!
The Forbidden Arts feels like a Zelda game, and I mean this in the best way possible! I don't mean it's an exact copy. Far from it actually. It's a cool game in its own right; it just has that grand feel and a fun but thoroughly beautiful cartoony vibe that I have fallen in love with. I really enjoyed playing the game so far. It was a hard one to master but a lot of fun when you finally do. Eventually, the finished game is planned to be released on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. For now, only the PC version is up for grabs as Steam Early Access, but don't let that stop you from getting your hands on this truly cool game.
When all is said and done, I would heartily recommend this game to new and experienced gamers that love a good story with puzzles to solve and monsters to kill. Trust me, I just know you'll love it every bit as much as I do! So now, if you'd excuse me, I have to see a man about a quest. I'm off to Chora once again, where there are still monsters to slay, characters to talk to and items to collect!
THE FORBIDDEN ARTS (EARLY ACCESS)
February 7, 2018 (Steam Early Access)