“The Legend of Zelda” is a third-person action series with a focus on puzzle-solving, light combat, and exploration. It features unique art styles and mysterious lands to discover. Such is the case with 2017’s “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”:
It’s also the case with 2017’s “Rime,” a gorgeous new game that just launched.
It’s coming to the Nintendo Switch soon, but unlike “Breath of the Wild,” it’s already available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Intriguing, no? Here’s the deal.
'Rime' stars a young boy as the playable protagonist. He awakens on a mysterious island, washed ashore.
It seems that a civilisation of some form inhabited the island. There are manicured paths, buildings, and various other structures. But you're seemingly alone.
Seemingly alone doesn't mean you're actually alone, of course. This mysterious hooded figure appears in the game's launch trailer -- could it be Red Riding Hood? We're not sure.
In addition to shadowy figures watching from above, a key component of 'Rime' is befriending this delightful fox:
The three of you become a kind of bizarro team, it looks like. But what's connecting the trio? That's unclear.
As you journey through 'Rime,' you'll explore a variety of different environments. This austere region seen above seems almost dream-like. Of note, the main character has lost his signature red cape. Maybe this is a memory sequence?
And swimming doesn't appear to be a measure of carefully held breath. Right from the jump, you're able to leap into water and dive deep.
Some of the most striking examples of the world of 'Rime' come from landscape shots like this. Much of the driving force of 'Rime' seems to be, 'What is that thing in the distance? Can I go there?'
There's a sense of mystery and magic woven through everything in the world of 'Rime.' From banal rooms like this:
Though 'Rime' isn't a game about overcoming endless waves of enemies, there are antagonistic forces out to stop you. Rather than swinging a sword until enemies are out of health, there's a focus on avoidance or puzzle solving as a means of survival.
The enemies vary in size -- from the relatively normal one above to the massive, hulking bird seen below:
'Rime' follows in the footsteps of gaming classics like 'The Legend of Zelda,' 'Ico,' and 'Shadow of the Colossus.' And that's a fantastic set of influences to wear on your sleeve.
Check out the launch trailer for 'Rime' right here for a better idea of what the game looks like in action. It's out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC for $29.99. It's planned for launch on Nintendo Switch at some point soon.
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