Enchanted Path Review
NanningsGames proves that it can be tough to find the right footing in his new puzzle platformer Enchanted Path. With an endless abyss and only one way to proceed, should you set out to guide this little man to safety?
Enchanted Path Review
At first glance, Enchanted Path seems like a simple game. Players are put onto an isometric grid, and must collect all green crystals floating about in order to open a portal to the next stage. However, what comes across as straightforward at first quickly ramps up. Falling platforms are just the start – later stages will have players controlling two characters at the same time, flipping switches, trapping characters in giant glass containers, backtracking, and doing all sorts of running around. A lot of areas have narrow paths, and one wrong move will have players flying into the endless abyss. There’s no need to fear though, as lives are infinite and players will quickly be back at the very beginning. A rewind button would have been ideal, but players can easily access the level select screen at a moment’s notice to try things over once more.
These puzzles are all over the map when it comes to difficulty. Early stages are straightforward affairs that have multiple paths to victory, while later stages require almost obtuse solutions that require a roundabout solution. Successfully completing a stage is a straightforward affair when the solution is clear, but it’s just a shame that many of the stages are too easy for their own good. As a result, the basic difficulty will not appeal to those that are looking to tax their brain.
This normally wouldn’t be a problem, but this title is a bit on the short side. With only 30 stages, even those that take their sweet time will complete every stage in the game in around 30 minutes. Achievements are tied to each level, meaning that all those who complete this title will 100% this title. There are no time trials, leaderboards, or anything else to keep players going.
The presentation of this game is somewhat lacking as well. The nondescript human (or humans, depending on the stage) proves to be relatively inoffensive, but the black backgrounds and simple geometry don’t give this title much of a personality. It is minimalistic, sure, but the basic menus are sloppy and don’t make a favorable impression. The same goes for the music – the single song that the game has to offer is unremarkable. It feels like a mobile title that was ported over, which doesn’t take advantage of the larger screen real estate.
Enchanted Path has got a great concept, but it is not taken far enough. Despite its handful of challenging puzzles, it is far too short and full of filler to make any sort of impact in the puzzle platforming space.
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