In September 2017, Darkestville Castle went on PC release and won the love of fans of interesting stories and complex quests. Now the publisher in the person of Buka has decided to release the project also on mobile platforms (Android and iOS) so that you can immerse yourself in the journey of the Sid demon from your smartphone anywhere in the world. After at least five hours, when you master the storyline, you can safely say that mobile games can also be adults, voluminous and interesting. Moreover, they are in no way inferior to PC projects. Do not believe? Let's help Sid avenge his pet and you will definitely change your mind.
What goes around comes aroundThe plot of Darkestville Castle begins with a fascinating story about how a star fell on the town of Darkestville. Along with her, a strange creature fell into the city - a demon named Sid. People quickly disliked the new resident because of a frightening smile and a strange appearance, so that the “child” from childhood knew only anger, hatred and contempt. It is quite logical that Sid himself also felt far from warm feelings for the population of the small town and tried to annoy them in every possible way - he was engaged in petty dirty tricks, preventing people from living quietly. However, he did nothing wrong and did not pretend to be the main villain.
Sid lived in his dark castle, occasionally spoiled food for people and sent troops of mutant hens to Darkstwil. Each morning, he began by examining a list of important cases and thoughts on how to spoil the mood of others. On one of these days, our story begins - Sid was in a good mood to plan his harmful deeds and was about to set off on a journey as he was locked in Dan Tibot’s own castle. He, along with the locals, hired a detachment of Romero brothers, who are considered demon hunters. They were given the task of catching Sid and rid the city of problems.
Actually, the dashing demon catchers were not very smart, and instead of Sid, they caught his favorite fish in their chest. Now our evil demon has decided to take revenge on the Romero brothers and from that moment on, an exciting journey begins in a very interesting virtual world. It is worth saying that the plot itself may not surprise you, but the dialogs, phrases of Sid and the charisma of the characters are worthy of the highest praise. The main character is constantly joking and funny teasing others, and even his very role in the life of a small town cannot but amuse. Minor characters are also well written and I want to listen, study, recognize them.
Forget the logicThe game is a rare representative of the point-and-click genre - once upon a time such projects could boast unprecedented popularity among gamers, but now developers prefer completely different directions. You can already understand from the name of the genre that the essence of Darkestville Castle is to study locations, riddles and search for items to solve them. Actually, this is what we will be doing throughout the storyline - the character will stumble upon various kinds of problems, and we will help him find a solution. In most situations, it is quite difficult to complete the task, because this fictional world does not lend itself to logic.
For example, at the beginning of the game, we need to start a mechanism that will allow Dan to be trapped. To do this, we need to take a bicycle chain and, as it turns out, lubricate it. But after only twenty minutes of studying the levels, I could not find anything that could help me with this. But you just had to take the chain and dip it in the bath! Who would have thought that Sid had such an unconventional attitude to hygiene. And there will be a lot of such oddities - literally at every step, the developers show us that the usual rules and laws of the genre do not work here. It is also surprising that after the first act, the strange logic of the project becomes clear to the player.
There is nothing too complicated in quests. You only need to fully and thoroughly study each location, click on all objects and study their properties. After that, you need to find a task (like repairing a mechanism) and start thinking about how to solve this problem. It's nice that the key objects that participate in solving problems do not stand out against the backdrop of the scenery - you can walk around the basement for an hour and not notice an important element. The game requires you attention, perseverance and love of puzzles. If you do not have this, then the town of Darkestville will not reveal itself one hundred percent, and Sid will not be able to punish the offenders.
Voice over five with a plusVery pleased with the full localization of Darkestville Castle - the game is translated and voiced in Russian. Thanks to this, immersion in the virtual world is much more pleasant, since real professionals voiced the characters. Not all large AAA projects can boast such high-quality voice acting, not to mention mobile games. Sid liked the voice - it sounds rather softly and organically fits into the image of a demon. The voiceover, which tells us the main plot twists, also pleased. There is a feeling that these same people are voicing large Hollywood films for movie theaters.
It is worth noting that the game initially exposes the English language and the storyline will be presented in English. To switch to Russian, go to the settings and change two parameters. I also strongly advise you to remove the subtitles, as the voices sound very clear and you can do without them. In general, you can love the game with all your heart at least for a full storyline in our native language.
TotalDarkestville Castle can be safely recommended to those who love fascinating stories with cool narration and really funny jokes. The scriptwriters worked hard, plus professional characters with suitable voices voiced the characters. The quests themselves are also quite intriguing, sometimes they make me nervous due to the lack of a visible solution, sometimes they amaze me with their unexpected and completely illogical moves. But, from this game you will obviously get much more positive emotions and joy than from hundreds of shareware projects without a plot, script and soul.
- convenient management;
- interesting story;
- charismatic protagonist;
- voice acting in Russian;
- darkness of quests and riddles;
- big virtual world.
May not like:
- lack of logic;
- 2D graphics.
Final rating: 7 out of 10.Related materials: