It has been over a hundred years since the great battle between the Arcadians and the Kenzuls that sent Kelzuls into hiding. So when your academy received a report of Kenzul sightings in the Arcadian Forest, you are sent to investigate. Can you stop Lancer from restoring the Kenzul Empire and save yours? Find out in Enchanted Kingdom: Arcadian Backwoods – a brand-new fantasy sequel from Domini Games.
While Domini Games is quite consistent in releasing quality games, one of my main gripes about them is that many of their franchises look and feel the same. An Enchanted Kingdom game could easily be mistaken for a Labyrinths of the World game or a Secret City game and this latest sequel continues to drive this point home. Enchanted Kingdom: Arcadian Backwoods tells a generic fantasy story about a pair of age-old enemies that recently have their conflicts reignited. Despite its rather dull storyline, Enchanted Kingdom: Arcadian Backwood benefits from rich, imaginative world-building. The fantasy world feels lived-in with plenty of fascinating details scattered all around.
This world is brought to life through fantastic visuals. The bright colors suit the game well and allow the slightly whimsical side of the game to shine. The many fantasy creatures in the game are all creatively and convincingly designed, although the animations can be a little fuzzy. As for the soundtracks, they are truly enchanting and help create an immersive experience.
In terms of its gameplay, Enchanted Kingdom: Arcadian Backwoods should satisfy players of all preferences. The adventure portion is fairly straightforward but contains a variety of interesting tasks. Moreover, the clever and challenging hidden object scenes are balanced out by the relatively simple puzzles. As expected, the game comes with a gadget, this time in the form of a translation device. This gadget is well-integrated into the storyline and relevant to the context of the game, but the time-consuming and tedious mini-game that comes with it is definitely not necessary.
Spending four hours in the magical world of Enchanted Kingdom: Arcadian Backwoods was a delight and I actually ended up looking forward to more regardless of the game’s ho-hum storyline. The Collector’s Edition is not much of a surprise, featuring a bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, replayable mini-games, replayable hidden object scenes, achievements, collectibles, morphing objects, and a Laboratory.
Enchanted Kingdom: Arcadian Backwoods feels neither fresh or edgy, but its imaginative and visually dazzling fantasy world is hard to deny.
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