Game Review – Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

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Blossom Tales - The Sleeping King

Developer: Castle Pixel

Publisher: FDG Entertainment

Platforms: PC/Nintendo Switch

I know I’m not the only person out there desperate for a Zelda-esque experience, especially since Breath of the Wild departed so severely from the normal dungeon-centric play styles. So if you are like me and you love that top-down, puzzle dungeon experience then hopefully this will be the game that can hold you over for a time.

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is very much a Zelda clone, from it’s similar attacks to its adorable art style but that doesn’t mean it’s without its own type of charm. I’ll break this review down into three categories: Story, Visuals/Audio, and How it Plays.

Story

The main character is Lily, a spunky young woman who has it in her heart to become a knight of the kingdom and in following her dreams finds herself up against a powerful villain. The story itself is a rather simple one, you are an unlikely hero pitted against a powerful villain with magic and a ton of minions. The charm comes in with it’s light-hearted approach to the way the story is told. It kicks off with a grandfather telling his grandchildren a story, and this narration continues with each major point in the story. It even has moments where the kids fight over what a villian might be, and you see those decisions/fights happen on screen as your enemies change to reflect their/your choices. It’s a super fun way to make the game experience a little more unqiue. The story itself is pretty heartwarming as well, and Lily becomes a character that you really root for as she proves herself time and time again.

Visuals & Audio

This has a classic top-down Zelda like style, that works well for the new graphics of today. It looks super smooth and has a vibrant color palette that really fits the flower theme of the story.

The audio is another hit for me and has quite a nice little soundtrack with plenty of variety depending on which section of the map you are in.

How it Plays

Now for the most important part! I played this on the Nintendo Switch so, in terms of controls, it’s a very familiar experience for me. We have a sword and shield, with a spin attack and even a full health sword beam.; but they added a leaping smash attack that I really really loved. To the point where I need Link to up his game and start leaping at people. We have a lot of items to work with here as well some familiar (like Bombs) and some new (like a AOE fire medallion and a bee!) that really add a lot of variety and personality to each playthrough. The game is a beautiful mix of easy explorations and challenging dungeons, that had me playing for hours on end. I loved the adorable character designs for the NPCs and enemies, especially the Golems.

Final Thoughts

This a solid game in its own right, with a cute story and stunning visuals. The game stays fresh as it gives you new tools to work with and new areas to explore, honing in on that charm that made the Zelda games so much fun while setting itself apart with its humor and new additions. This is one of my favorite games on the Switch so far, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

5 stars

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Discussion: Most Anticipated E3 Reveals

E3 Reveal

It’s almost time! It’s almost time for the biggest hype event of the year in the gaming world, the Electronic Entertainment Expo! We are less than a week away from it (June 11th – 13th) and I am so ready. I thought it would be cool to share the things I’m hoping to see announced or featured during the expo and see if anyone else is excited for some announcements!

1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Nintendo Treehouse

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Why I’m Excited: This is a remake of my favorite Zelda game of all time. As a kid, I put a lot of time and effort into the original Gameboy game, and to this day I still get incredibly happy anytime I hear the Ballad of the Windfish.

What I’m Looking For: I’m really excited to see some release date info for this one! It will most likely be towards the last portion of the year if I had to guess, but the sooner the better. I’d also love to see a bit more gameplay in one of the dungeons, and some info on if it’s a straight remake or if there will be any additions.

2. Dragon Age 4 – Bioware (EA’s Livestream)

Dragon Age 4

Why I’m Excited: Dragon Age is one of my favorite franchises, hands down. The only other one that comes close is Zelda. I’ve put in hundreds of hours, mapped out theories, and formed irrationally real connections to many of the characters.

What I’m Looking For: ANYTHING. Bioware is going through some rough stuff right now, both self-inflicted and because of their publisher EA. (A massive company that cannibalizes most of the studios they own if given enough time). I’m just looking for any signs that my beloved series is still on its way. A release estimate would be cool, even another 2 or 3-minute teaser would make me happy. It’s unlikely, but I’m holding out hope.

3. The Avengers Project Game – Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics (Square’s Press Conference)

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Why I’m Excited: I’m excited to see what new Marvel IPs we will be treated to now that we have the proven success of the films, and with this being developed by a notable RPG studio I’m curious to see what kind of story we get.

What I’m Looking For: Info on the storyline itself, as well as who we will be controlling. Will we be playing as the Avengers or will we be creating a character of our own (least likely option). Will it follow the ‘games as a service’ model like Destiny and Anthem, or will it be a solid contained game?

4. Animal Crossing – Nintendo Treehouse

Animal Crossing 2019

Why I’m Excited: It’s been so long since the last Animal Crossing game came out! I spent a ton of time between City Folk and New Leaf on the DS & 3DS respectively. They are such fun and chill games.

What I’m Looking For: A solid release date and a bit of gameplay footage! And hopefully, more Isabel being adorable and helping run the town with her iron fists.

5. Jedi Fallen Order  – Respawn Entertainment (EA’s Livestream)

Jedi Fallen Order

Why I’m Excited: It’s a Star Wars game that isn’t multiplayer!! It’s a SW game that EA hasn’t canceled for baffling reasons!! Most importantly, it’s STAR WARS!!

What I’m Looking For: A solid release date would be stellar! I’d love to see some actual gameplay as well, just to get an idea of how it’ll play out. We know it’ll be more stealth based, but I’m curious to see how far that idea goes.

6. Borderlands 3 – 2K 

Borderlands 3

Why I’m Excited: It’s Borderlands, enough said.

What I’m Looking For: A release date mostly. I’ve seen the gameplay that the lucky ducks in the press have been able to share from their time with the game, so that itch has been scratched but I”m always open to more.

7. Fable 4 – Microsoft 

Fable 4

Why I’m Excited: This isn’t a guarantee to even show up at E3 this year, but the rumors have been swirling and I really need a new Fable game.

What I’m Looking For: Any acknowledgment that the Fable franchise is continuing as a single player (maybe co-op) experience like the main three games. Maybe a little teaser trailer with Theresa’s voice saying “Wake Up Hero” and a possible release year reveal.

Extra: Unlikely But Welcome Showcases

Starfield – Bethesda: Todd Howard has already stated they wouldn’t be talking about this one this year, but one can hope.

The Elder Scrolls 6 – Bethesda: Same as above, but the hype I have for it is like 100x greater.

Extra: Likely but UNWELCOME Showcases

Next Gen Console Annoucments:  I don’t want to buy a new console, guys. I know it’s been a little shy of a decade for the Xbox One and PS4 and arguably it’s time for a hardware upgrade…but we haven’t even seen the current consoles actually use their peak performances consistently. Nevertheless, it’s probably going to be announced and I’m going to have to start saving up both money and game store credit to use for one of the two. 

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