Publisert: 16. april
At the price point of $15 going on $2.99, I wasn't sure what to expect. But what I found was a pleasant surprise.
This game is charming in an actual way. It appears small but it feels like the people who put this all together made this with a lot of love.
I can see the budget went towards the gameplay sections. This shows when you start to actually play and see what you can do, from the planning of where your traps go, to the AI actually reacting to your pathing, it feels like a giant strategy toybox. This point can be emphasized even after you have placed things like the ziplines, barrels and fire walls as you can zoom in and physically see their placement on the map. This game has so many neat little parts that geuinely add to the overall feel of being this trapper in the northern woods of 19th century Canada.
I really wish the game was a little more polished. The overall performance given to you in the voice over work is basic, which is a double edged sword of quality. Some characters, I felt like they should have had a different tone or lines better delivered. It sort of felt like a lot of stuff got moved at the last minute. It was strange but I can give an example. The young chief of the indians seemed to have an older voice than his wise counselor and it also felt like the voice of the two main characters had been swapped around. I felt like Jos should have had his voice actor reversed for his brother but that is just my opinion.
Never once during combat did I feel the tension ease up and I always had my guard up. When I was playing, I had a moment where I was desperately clicking my right mouse button to load my rifle, so I could just maybe get one more shot off before the werewolves break through my first line of defense. I actually felt a slight bit of stress in that moment, and if you've successfully made me feel stress in a game, you've sold me.
The tutorials are nice, fully voice acted and overall the presentation is really good for what it is. I know I haven't sold all the points of the game, but one last thing I feel I should mention is the music.
Now when the music is playing, it feels appropriate. Tense. It sets the mood and even the menu music adds. The menu used as your planning display has this one tune in particular that makes me feel like I was playing Dark Cloud 2 back in the day. It really makes me relax and soak in the atmosphere.
There is a lot of things I want to say that I can't accurately describe, it's sort of this odd sense of nostalgia that washes over me but it's wholly unique in its own right. The game is well designed, it makes me feel the effort put into it and while despite my Voice Acting complaint, it holds its own as a game. I really recommend it to people, for what it is, I couldn't ask much more of it. Maybe a bit more spit and polish would have served this game, maybe add a compass in the in-field hud and some other small details, but not once so far have I been disappointed. Definitely pick it up while it's cheap.
If I had to give a rating? Like a 7.5? Low B? It's really good in a wholesome sense. Which is a weird way to describe it.