A great art style, a hook that has you trying to decipher unknown languages through some trial and error, and puzzles await
No matter where you may land ultimately on your feelings for Chants of Sennaar, I don’t think you could argue that it doesn’t try to put its best foot forward in making an impression. Between its very attractive-though-simple overall aesthetic and its mix of relatively traditional puzzle solving with a mechanic where you’re trying to understand glyphs / languages from the beings you encounter it absolutely stands out as being quite unique. Now, I could see where the periodic guesswork and trial-and-error nature of the translation could be frustrating to people who tend to be impatient, but it’s really the element that elevates the experience if you’re willing to work with it diligently. I will say that there are times where the lack of much support in-game if you find yourself stuck can be aggravating, but this is also true for many games of this type so it’s not as if this is a killer criticism. For puzzle fans who are always looking for a new challenge, this is absolutely a great candidate for a future eShop purchase.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.2]