Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas caught my eye again when it debuted on iOS in 2013, however I don’t personal any iOS units so I by no means performed it as a cell recreation. It will definitely made its technique to Steam and I even went as far as to purchase it with the intention of enjoying it, however by no means acquired round to it. Now that the sport has landed on Swap I lastly bit the bullet and dedicated to checking it out.

It’s the proper Zelda-like that you just haven’t performed but and it feels proper at dwelling on Nintendo Swap. Right here’s our full evaluate.


The core gameplay of Oceanhorn will really feel very acquainted to anybody who has performed a Zelda recreation within the final 25 years. The story itself is a bit cliche and anticipated for a Zelda-like as you tackle the position of a boy whose dad has left him alone to go and combat Oceanhorn, a large mechanical monster that’s terrorizing the world.

You’ll acquire your dad’s previous sword and protect and your mom’s amulet earlier than you set out on an journey that feels a bit like a mash-up between traditional 2D Zelda and Wind Waker. You’ll enterprise to new islands by speaking to folks to uncover locations to discover, every with their very own puzzling adventures and talents to unlock. The boating itself is computerized aside from a pea shooter you need to use to take down flotsam and monsters, however how usually you’re touring between islands makes this really feel a bit tedious.

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You’ll discover varied islands with totally different biomes, however there’s not a whole lot of selection within the monsters you’ll combat. Fight is a reasonably easy affair too and as soon as once more, you’ll really feel proper at dwelling when you’ve performed any Zelda recreation just lately. You may block along with your protect and swing your sword to assault, however you additionally get a bow and arrow and bombs for unlocking new areas you may’t attain in melee vary.

Most puzzles on the assorted islands include determining how you can correctly organize blocks with the intention to get to areas with keys which unlock doorways, which generally includes utilizing the rune powers you unlock within the varied islands. There’s not a whole lot of path within the recreation to information you when you get caught and some instances I needed to lookup how you can progress from the assorted guides written for the iOS model. That’s a bit unlucky, however not too shocking.

There are a handful of boss fights littered all through the sport and there’s often a twist to defeating them. Having a large plant monster inhale your bombs or reflecting a bosses’ fireplace spells again at them is often the easiest way to defeat them. The fights weren’t significantly difficult, however I’ve by no means felt that approach about traditional Zelda bosses, both.

There’s additionally a fishing mini-game out there that feels kinda like Animal Crossing’s implementation of fishing, because you get to compete in opposition to your self for catching the most important fish of a species. There’s an achievement tied to fishing, however aside from that there’s not likely a purpose to do it because it’s sort of boring.

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General, it took me round 12 hours to discover the islands and I appreciated that there are three totally different achievements tied to every location so you are feeling such as you’re working towards one thing once you arrive in a brand new place. It additionally supplies a reasonably good incentive to discover the entire island and 100% it earlier than transferring on.


Oceanhorn is a completely single-player expertise, so there’s no multiplayer expertise.


The soundtrack for this recreation alone offered me on it, however mixed with the loving tribute to traditional Zelda puzzle gameplay, it places Oceanhorn up there in my favourite listing of indie video games I’ve performed on Nintendo Swap this yr. The sport options a fully unbelievable soundtrack with tracks from Nobuo Uematsu (Remaining Fantasy composer) and Kenji Ito (Seiken Densetsu composer).

In actual fact, a few of these tracks sound like they had been ripped straight out of a Zelda recreation. Have a pay attention for your self since you’re in for a deal with.

Value It?

YES. This recreation is a love letter to traditional 2D Zelda video games with a sprinkling of Wind Waker thrown in. When you benefit from the puzzle dungeons present in video games like A Hyperlink to the Previous, A Hyperlink Between Worlds, and different traditional Zelda video games then you definately owe it to your self to choose this recreation up on Swap. Regardless that it’s an iOS port the bodily controls make the Nintendo Swap the definitive technique to expertise Oceanhorn.

I had a blast with the puzzles and exploring the map and unlocking new islands and the shortage of the drained “saving the princess” story is fairly refreshing for this style. It could appear like a Zelda clone however there’s a whole lot of coronary heart and intelligent puzzles available in Oceanhorn.

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