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It's a mature title that occasionally confuses itself, guidance, gameplay mechanics and the story sometimes feel a little awkward, but overall it's still very much worth considering.
Merge Games and Teku Studios has created some kind of masterpiece here, both visually and enigmatically. Their use of tribal storytelling is charming and the elements that put together the puzzles are well thought out. I wouldn't necessarily call this an amateurs puzzle game meant for children, as there are many components that require abstract thinking to progress, but for the experienced puzzler, there is a lot to love in Candle: The Power of the Flame.
Switch owners that are longing for a slower, more methodical approach to 2D puzzle platforming will want to give Candle: The Power Of The Flame a spin - even more so if they're seeking a tough challenge that's stacked to the rafters with whimsical charm and a striking art style. The title may well be home to some clunky controls and ferocious difficulty spikes from the moment you take control of Teku, but the immense sense of achievement married with what feels more like a piece of art than a video more than makes up for its shortfalls.
The beauty of the world depicted within Candle: The Power of the Flame is immediately apparent, as it comes alive through striking design, superb musical direction, and memorable characters. Numerous design issues soon become apparent, yet regardless of this, dedicated fans of the adventure genre would be wise to give this one a look, albeit a cursory one as it requires patience and persistence.
Despite some obtuse solutions, regular backtracking and inconsistency, Candle – The Power of the Flame has a tight weave of puzzles which are reminiscent of those found in gaming classics like Flashback and Monkey Island. It’ll pay dividends to those with the patience and mental fortitude to stick it out, push through the frustrations (and resist finding a guide online) with an abundance of rewarding “Ah, THAT’s how you do it” moments.
Candle: The Power of the Flame is an interesting title that almost looks like an old-school point-and-click adventure game, but its mix of platforming and exploration make for a deeper if flawed experience.
With a brilliant and striking graphical style, Candle will surely get noticed on the crowded Switch eShop storefront. The story and controls hold it back from becoming something truly inspiring and the challenge will no doubt be too high for some. It’s definitely worth considering!