Welcome to your first Wizard Simulator!
In Verbis Virtus, an amazing game, where with the aid of a microphone, you cast spells with your voice! Using the spells to solve puzzles, explore, and survive the perils of the temple. The game has amazing design, every detail of every room and puzzle looks abolutely beautiful!
Casting spells with your voice works near flawlessly most of the time. I say most of the time, because depending on the quality of your microphone, you may run into some issues getting the desired results. I have a rather decent Turtle Beach Gaming headset, and some spells still give me trouble.
The lore of the game, is scattered about the temple, finding tablets will give you some interesting stories.
You have the option of speaking your spells in "Maha'ki" the language of the gods, or in English, the language of normal people.
As this is more of a puzzle game, don't expect to use spells for combat too often. You will occaisonally be given a monster to dispatch with your spells, but most of the time, it's just puzzle solving, and for good reason.
There ARE boss fights,3, to major bosses, and 1 mini-boss, but since most of your spells aren't meant for combat, it becomes increasingly hard to defeat the more deadly foes. Simply put, combat isn't the focus of the game, so it's not a strong point. It took me so long to defeat the first boss, and now that I have, I dread fighting the others, and it's for that very reason.
The music is great, and epic, and personally, i think it really fits the atmosphere.
And lastly, I mentioned puzzles, Well, the puzzles are great! They're so simple, yet still require some effort and thinking in order to solve them.
Most of the puzzles involve directing a beam of light through a colored gem to activate a mechanism, but this puzzle type gets more creative with each new spell.
There's a few unique puzzels, such as one where you need to distrubute water flow in a certain way.
There's even a monster that you fight that could be considered a puzzle, as you need to listen to it's voice, and cast the right spells to counter his own.
So, now it's time to list plainly, the pros and cons
-Voice recognition works pretty well
-It looks beautiful, in both design and graphics
-Puzzles are simple, but still challenging
-10 spells, each with their own unique uses
-Combat is not a strong point, so it might become frustrating when forced to fight
-If your mic isn't amazing, you will encounter some problems casting spells.
-It's short, with only 3 chapters.
-I don't see much replayability after the first playthrough
All in all, I think the devs did a wonderful job with this idea, and, despite its flaws, I actually do think it was executed quite well.
If you're looking for an interesting new game, with gameplay, and a unique concept, I can fully reccomend this to you, with a solid 9/10.
Just be sure you invest in a microphone, or else you can not play it.
Hope you enjoy the review, and I hope it helps you make your decision