His beautiful art section is the first thing that attracts attention but not the only great virtue that Candle boasts, a videogame that has an adventurous soul; The same as that of great classics like Another World. Larger words, yes, that perfectly exemplify the great journey in which we embark the first work of Teku Studios. They could not have been premiered better. Analysis.
There is something heroic about the birth of Candle , something even romantic that, somehow, get everyone who test this beautiful puzzle adventure fall rendered to its charms. It may be one of the most beautiful and personal video games of recent years; Seriously , his art section is pure love, so it shows, which is wonderful, as by the insane work that has meant for its creators to put on screen all that magic by hand painting, for years, a fascinating tribal world in which It’s good to get lost There is passion, an infinite affection, in each of the brushstrokes that have given color to this work of the young Spanish team Teku Studios ; But there is also soul, heart,
“The art of Candle is not present just to make the game something nice,” said the people responsible, “but is intimately linked in what is playable with the adventure.” And it’s true. Many of the puzzles that the video game presents require special attention to the scenarios. You have to look at them, beautiful, they are, but also because they hide the necessary clues to solve the riddles that this title creates with such ingenuity. Sometimes it goes beyond subtle and difficult to find the answer to some of its puzzles; You tell someone who has jumped to the void, desperate, trying to give solution to any of them. But overall, The pure logic prevails in the lavish wild world that portrays this challenging adventure in which the minimum error is paid with the death. Nor does it hurt too much.
An artistic prodigy
No matter how hard the trip sometimes is, and this is a difficult game, Candle manages to never miss a smile on your face. It is inspired by great classics of the likes of Another World or Flashback , and from there it does not stop growing and surprising with every step you take. The first puzzles are simple: move a box here, jump over there, trigger that switch … until the thing gets complicated, and in addition to all that, you must dodge enemies by stealth , collect and combine objects, avoid traps and obstacles as if Of a platform; Of course solve more brainy puzzles, some very original and, above all, explore; Investigate in depth some scenarios that here are the real protagonists of the action.
It’s what I value most about Candle; Is what makes this an adventure above average. The puzzles, the challenges it poses, do not feel alienated from that wonderful world painted with watercolors that with such passion we explore. They are part of him; Are one more piece within a complex network of levels that relate to each other, and with the story itself that is narrated, in a way so subtle, so great, that it is difficult not to applaud to rage the work of Teku Studios.
It is full of memorable moments, of situations with which it is difficult not to be moved
Someone asks you for something and that something is in a distant place to access, before you must pass other tests that require hidden objects, that is, in another scenario. It sounds messy, yes, but Candle raises his action so smartly, that our advances are produced naturally, fluidly, without the frustration invading us in no time. Are you stuck on any evidence? Nothing happens, because there are always several pending tasks to tackle before solving that great puzle final with which closes each of the three acts that shape the video game.
The adventure is full of memorable moments , situations with which it is difficult not to get excited. Escape in extremis of an enemy, survive a deadly trap, solve riddles that seemed impossible … one of the great virtues of Candle is that he always knows how to surprise you. Such is the variety of puzzles it presents, such is its ingenuity and originality, that you will rarely repeat the same actions. In this sense I love the use that has been given to the great and unique special ability of young Teku , the protagonist of the adventure. He holds in his hand a candle with which he can set fire to certain elements of the stage, but of course, the light attracts the attention of the enemies and, if there is water in between, it can be turned off.
A genuine artistic section of great beauty
You want more Teku, more puzzles, more scenarios to explore. And that we do not talk about an adventure precisely lack of content. To complete the journey, to go in search of the shaman of our village, can take us between ten and twelve hours depending on how savvy we are. And often ride! Beyond the preciousness of the graphics and the excellent soundtrack that accompanies us, Candle also surprises by the quality of its argument . A priori, the narrative story does not seem like the big thing; The typical story with a brave hero in between. And yet everything improves with the passage of the hours thanks to a great plot background that has an irresistible touch dark, desolating, that feels wonderful.
I have missed a final challenge more epic, more exciting, in line with everything that surrounds the last act of the adventure. It is a show, audiovisual and playable, by the way in which all the elements that make Candle great intertwine in a brilliant way; But that final test, the challenge with which you say goodbye to the game, I have known a little. There are also some inaccuracies with the control system . It is not something serious, but annoying at times when Teku does not respond completely well to your orders and ends up falling into the clutches of enemies, or in the depths of an abyss. In this sense, it is better to play with command than to use the keyboard and mouse, as this is not an adventure point & click;
Small details that do not overshadow the heroic work done by Teku Studios; A team with few resources, yes, but that is left of passion and love for video games. It shows in each of the elements that make this one of the best and most creative adventures of recent years. Special mention, once again, to the precious music that accompanies the game, with an impressive final theme; And also to the great work of dubbing to the Spanish in charge of Pepe Mediavilla , whom you will no doubt know for being the voice of Gandalf in the films of The Lord of the Rings.