I take no joy in slating a game. Particularly when it’s from a smaller developer who has likely spent a large percentage of the budget into the game. But I cannot emphasise any more how poor an effort this is. Across the board. Do not waste your money on this title.
Trine 4 is a great success. It’s strange coming into a series so late and being able to get so much enjoyment out of it. But here I am, fully recommending anyone with previous experience with Trine, and those who are just fans of fun puzzle platforming games, to check this one out.
Giving the gamer flexibility to come to their own conclusions is part of the beauty of it. Does this hit the height of Limbo and Inside? Certainly not, but it does have a very good go. Anyone who is a fan of those games, should certainly be checking this out.
If you’re looking for a new survival game with a heavy reliance on resource gathering and crafting then this could be a good consideration for you. If like me you want a fun Viking game, and don’t get on with those previously mentioned things, then it’s best to avoid this.
To summarise – I did not enjoy my time with The Forbidden Arts. It feels to me like a game that could do with an extra 6 months in development to iron out some of my niggling issues. Though, that still might not help the uninspiring narrative.
I would fully recommend Bear with Me: The Complete Collection to anyone looking for a narrative driven story game. Even if they wouldn’t normally be drawn to a point and click adventure, I honestly believe the story itself is strong enough to carry the game beyond its mechanics.