There is one word that describes Candle and that’s “Beautiful” I can honestly say that Candle is one of the best looking games I have played.
You play as Teku, a member of a tribe that has been decimated by an evil tribe. Sounds simple but the side scrolling puzzles are hard enough to keep you interested as you duck and dive to avoid enemies while rolling out of the way of huge boulders that are hell bend on crushing you. The story is brought forward with brilliant narration. It’s compelling, well read and interesting. It reminded me of old school point and click adventure games as you have an inventory of various things you can pick up that will help you along the way.
The “Candle” bit comes with Teku’s special ability to carry fire on his hand. This fire is essential in progressing through the games many levels. I found the enemies a bit easy to handle. They didn’t give me the fear I’m supposed to have. A simple sneak and push off a cliff is really all it’s needed. There was a few areas where you had to lure them into traps etc. which made things a bit more interesting.
The world in which you play is drawn with real water colours and they are stunning. I felt excited to see the next area and I was disappointed. There were no frame rate drops or glitches in the game as I was playing and it played very smooth. The controls were slightly clunky but nothing that really made a huge difference to me playing the game. The design for the levels and graphics were top notch and are definitely the main draw for this game.
The music and narration for this game are great. The voice over artist who narrated was fantastic and really brought the story to life. It was like I was watching a David Attenborough documentary narrating the life of Teku. It also reminded me of the old disc world game.
The replay ability of this game is great until you complete the game. I mean it’s an adventure game so you complete it you will know the puzzles and things will be a lot easier next time. Personally I will be pulling this out of my library a few times. This game is priced very low for what it is. The art work alone is well worth the price.