Title: Oceanhorn -
Platform: iOS, Windows, Steam
Reviewed on: Windows
Genre: Action Adventure
Players: Single Player
Written by Bad Demoman 17th March 2015
Oceanhorn is an action adventure game that was originally released on iOS devices by Cornfox & Brothers. Considering all I hear about the iOS platform is pay-
It's difficult to ignore the Legend of Zelda influence in Oceanhorn (much to the apparent chagrin of a large number of commenters on YouTube). I mean, it's an adventure game with dungeons and sailing! It's practically Wind Waker, and must have zero original ideas, right? Well that's most certainly where you'd be wrong. After all, what Legend of Zelda game would have you chasing down a giant steampunk mech monstrosity? As odd and obvious as it may sound, the biggest difference is that it's NOT Legend of Zelda. There is no Triforce and no Princess Zelda. If this was a Zelda title, I'd be expecting Ganondorf to pop out of the titular Oceanhorn the whole game, and when it inevitably happened I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest. With an entirely new world not linked to Zelda at all comes new possibilities. There's no need to stick to the old formulas set up by Legend of Zelda.
It's clear something terrible happened in this world, and it’s hinted at by various NPCs slowly over the course of the game, effectively building a sense of discovery. So while the tales of the Triforce lost any suspense long ago, the Oceanhorn and the world it lives in is genuinely mysterious. Assisting in this feeling of a journey of discovery is the method through which you unlock new areas to explore – you need to find out about them. Whether this comes through a villager mentioning it in passing as an interesting place, or reading about it in the journals of an explorer. Once an island has been heard of, you can set sail in an on-
Gameplay is where Oceanhorn adheres closest to its legendary inspiration. Following the gameplay style of the top-
Oceanhorn will inevitably draw comparisons to Legend of Zelda. It's inevitable, and a well-
Warm, colourful visuals,
Soundtrack bursting with personality,
Great sense of exploration and discovery.
May be too similar to Zelda,
Darker areas don't make use of visuals.
Oceanhorn sails seven seas with a 7/10.