Whilst the original Suikoden side-story ‘Suikogaiden Volume 1’ was very much a sampler of the world, companion piece and introduction to its leading man, Volume 2 is a much more fleshed out visual novel experience that delves deeper into the player character’s personal story and manages to tie in both elements of Suikoden II and III in a manner that bridges both games beautifully.
It’s a well-known fact that there can never be too much Suikoden. Shortly after the release of ‘Suikoden II’, Konami seemed to realise that consumers felt this way too and promptly released a pair of visual novels that were set around the events of that larger game and built on plot elements that would pay dividends when ‘Suikoden III’ rolled around.
On the surface, The Huntsman looks like a shameless advertising scheme for the release of the film ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ a sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and a dark take on the popular fairy tale. We’ve seen companies such as BioWare turn these advertising stunts into legitimately entertaining slices of RPG goodness in the past however, can Desert Owl Games manage the same?
It’s rare that Visual Novels cross the border into RPG territory. In their strictest sense they play the role of an interactive story book, demanding decisions on the part of the player infrequently and have garnered an unfair reputation as borderline sex-games through the release of a couple of high profile titles. Loren the Amazon Princess is a game from Winter Wolves that doesn’t just step over that border; it mounts a full scale invasion into RPG territory.
What do you get when you mix classic dungeon crawlers such as ‘Eye of the Beholder’, Japanese flavoured visual novels, social gaming and choose your own adventure game-books in the likeness of ‘Fighting Fantasy’? The answer is Soul Unleashed, a game that appeared on the app store with relatively little fanfare and exceeds all expectations.