Legend Of Arcadieu is a Visual Novel developed by Kavorka Play. It was released on Steam in November 2019. Gamuzumi then ported the games to consoles in June 2022.
*Disclaimer: A code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review. This in no way affects the outcome, as my thoughts are mine and mine alone!
Hero-Kun is a huge JRPG fan. He’s played all the big ones. You name it, he’s played it. But he isn’t entirely sure what to play next, and he stumbles upon the titular “Legend Of Arcadieu”. So he downloads it and suddenly finds himself transported to a magical kingdom and gets put smack dab in The Town. How did he get here? What was that light? Is everyone NPCs or other humans?
Throughout the adventure you end up running into two allies that you travel with the whole time. One being Trish and the other being the warrior, and the other being Sophie the mage. These two don’t have much in the way of character arcs so it was hard to really get to know the girls. Depending on your choices through the story, you have a brief moment with them that reveal a bit more about them, but other than that they’re just there. The banter between them and the main character had me smiling a bit, but it was mostly the rest of the world that had me cracking up.
With this being a visual novel, you get choices to make that shape the way the story goes. Depending on what you choose, you get one of three endings. I honestly really enjoyed seeing it all. Especially the interactions with some of the supporting cast. My favourite part of the game was easily during one bit when the main character and an “evil monster” get so caught up talking about a rope. It had me giggling the whole time. It really is a fantastic comedic adventure. It was just a shame that every route and every piece of dialogue only took me an hour to see.
Then with this being a bundle experience, there is a second game. Hero-Kun finds himself back in Arcadieu with Sophie and they enjoy playing the game together and exploring the lore, only for a new evil to pop up out of nowhere and start changing the world. This adventure itself is so shallow compared to the first one. There’s hardly any laugh, the story moves way too quickly, and there’s only really one choice that truly matters on what ending you get. Heck there weren’t even that many choices to begin with.
With this being a bundle of games, I expected to be caught up reading for a nice night. Tucked under my blanket, a bowl of chips next to me, sipping on my water for a good amount of hours. But all together, I was only reading for about an hour and a half. The game just wasn’t long enough to be fleshed out and exciting. Especially the second one. The first one at least kept me giggling, as I said. I just wanted more. There was one scene that was overused that kind of hurt my eyes. With this taking place in a video game, when you see the evil enemies, you go into “battle mode”. The background then changes from a static image to an ever moving blue wired background that’s reminiscent of effects in Earthbound honestly. But again, it hurt my eyes to try and read while this was going on in the background and I couldn’t turn it off!
- Funny Dialogue
- Interesting World
- Short Runtime
- Characters Aren’t Fleshed Out
- “Battle” Effect Hurts The Eyes
In the long run, this was a fun little adventure, even just for the silly banter. I enjoyed the world, I just wish it were more fleshed out by a longer run time. It’s definitely a great introduction to anyone curious about visual novels though! So if given the chance, take a nice afternoon break and read this.
Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Kavorka Play
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Gamuzumi
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £6.49/€7.99 Europe / $7.99 North America
Trophy Information: 27. 1 / 5 / 19 / 2