This combat-free take on a Zelda game, focused on puzzles and some exploring, has its charms
It seems that gaming culture, as a whole, has progressively moved in the direction of embracing more and more difficult games, with little signs of turning back. Being challenged, in terms of both your mind and your reflexes, tends to be quite exhilarating so it isn’t necessarily hard to see why the likes of Dark Souls and its ilk have snapped up quite a lot of interest. That said, there’s absolutely a different class of gamers out there who would instead like to get immersed in a simpler experience that they can enjoy at a more leisurely and stress-free pace. That’s where Lonesome Village comes into the picture, essentially playing a lot like a traditional title from the Legend Of Zelda series, though without the combat. This fact alone will probably scare a fair number of people away who enjoy the mix of exploration, discovery, varied enemies, and some top-notch puzzle design. If you don’t mind the combat being removed from the table you’re pretty well left with the likes of Lonesome Village, which is absolutely charming, yet generally fails to be terribly interesting for roughly the same reason. If that sounds like something you’re eager to check out I’d say you’re likely to be rewarded, just for everyone else it will likely fall a bit flat.
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