The Forbidden Arts is an action adventure platformer with extensive lore and a great focus on discovery and exploration. Play as Phoenix, a red-haired adventurer, who seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his extraordinary visions. Once she awakens the dormant power of pyromancy within him, the epic journey begins. From Phoenix’s humble beginnings to leading a powerful party, you must save the world of Chora from the malevolent necromancer. Players can use their pyromancer flame to cast devastating spells upon enemies and bosses, protect yourself from harm and manipulate the environment.
I adore The Forbidden Arts. It’s an old-school action platformer with a large overworld map and several individual maps within it. It’s a standard platformer; players explore and fight their way through the side-scrolling maps while avoiding the traps and obstacles. The world is fun to explore and finding all of the secret collectibles actually improves the game. Players test their agility by scaling walls, jumping gaps, climbing vines and maneuvering through distinct environments filled with tricky obstacles and challenges. There are quests from friendly NPCs where players must solve puzzles they encounter along the way. The melee combat is also rather standard, though players can learn a variety of pyromancy spells over time. Some of these pyromancy spells include: fireballs, flame shields and rocket-jumps into the air!
The Forbidden Arts has nice graphics along with the colors and lighting makes it a very attractive game. The art style is gorgeous and just nice to look at. The music and sound effects are great for the game, but didn’t particularly stand out much. I also really enjoyed how the game switches from 2D side-scrolling to 3D for certain scenes, it made the game feel like it had more depth. I strongly recommend using a controller, and so does the Developer; Stingbot Games. When I first began playing The Forbidden Arts, I did not have a controller with me, and I found it too difficult to play without one. This, of course, gave me a bad feel about the game. When I got home and began using my controller, the game changed completely. It was much more entertaining and less frustrating. That being said, I did die quite a few times and got pretty angry, but it’s a challenge!
The Forbidden Arts is currently in Early Access on Steam.
I am so excited I got to preview The Forbidden Arts. It was a fun experience and I know more fun is yet to come!
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