Candle: The Power of the Flame PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Candle: The Power of the Flame by Teku Studios and Merge Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Merge Games for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Candle is a side-scrolling platformer/adventure game that follows a tribesman named Teku on a journey to rescue his Shaman after his village was destroyed. Teku’s journey takes him to many places including a forest, a swamp and a Wakcha city.
Each area that Teku visits is fraught with dangers and all of them will kill Teku instantly. There are a ton of different ways that Teku can die but it’s not bloody or anything so kids can enjoy the game without having to worry about that sort of thing.
The game’s main focus throughout the game is in it’s puzzle solving elements. There are a ton of challenging puzzles that you’ll need to solve and they only get more difficult as the game progresses. Act 3’s puzzles are quite challenging, and the puzzle revolving around pipes was easily one of the toughest I encountered.
Most puzzles revolve around collecting items and using them in various ways. There are some puzzles that act as mini-games, like the pipe puzzle I mentioned and there’s even a board game with a tic-tac-toe theme. Each puzzle is very well designed and while they take some logic to figure out, their solutions aren’t obscure.
There are two areas that I was most impressed with in this game, it’s watercolor art style and it’s very well done music. It’s artstyle is beautifully drawn and I like the fact that you can change the saturation levels in the options menu. I turned mine all the way up and it looked great, very colorful. The soundtrack was very pleasing to listen to no matter what area you were venturing through. It had a very tribal theme to it and I enjoyed it greatly.
I will admit that in some areas, the platforming was a bit clunky. The most notable area was certainly the cave system with the painter and the steam pillars. Jumping from pillar to pillar was a giant pain and you often overshot the pillars through jumping. The platforming in most other areas was quite good, though.
Overall, Candle: The Power of the Flame is a great game and an entertaining experience. It’s got a great watercolor art style, a great soundtrack and a very interesting story. If you’re a fan of adventure games then I definitely recommend giving this one a shot. It’s also pretty easy to platinum so if you’re hunting for platinum trophies, this is a pretty solid choice to grab another one.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review for Candle: The Power of the Flame folks. I’ll be back with my next review for A Rite From The Stars soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Candle: The Power of the Flame$19.99
Features of Interest
- Great Story
- Fairly High Entertainment Value
- Great Artwork
- Great Soundtrack
- It's Pretty easy to Platinum the Game
- Platforming Can Be A Bit Clunky in Some Areas
- Doesn't Have A Whole Lot of Replay Value Once You Beat It