Pryzm Chapter One: The Dark Unicorn
Why is a Game about Unicorns so Difficult
This game is extremely difficult. The difficulty largely comes from the fact that your weapon has an extremely short range and you have a very limited supply of magic to draw upon.
Story: You play as Pryzm the chosen one. It was foretold that you would cleanse the lands of the Elves, Nymphs, Trolls, and Gnomes of the plague. The plague is a magical disease that twists and contorts these usually peaceful creatures and turns them into vicious monsters. You are joined on your journey by Karrock a troll that wields powerful magic.
Controls: The game offers nothing in terms of camera controls. The camera does a decent job of showing you what is going on. The removal of any player camera control is because Karrock rides around on your back. You use the left analog stick to move prism around and the right analog stick to attack with Karrock's short range magic attack.
Gameplay: As stated previously you control Pryzm with one analog stick and Karrock with the other. The game is rather straight-forward in that you cleanse the plague flowers by defeating the guardians that are linked to the plague flower. You will defeat most of these monsters with the staff, but certain enemies can only be damaged by longer range magic spells cast with the triangle [Pryzm] and square [Karrock] button. Interestingly the effects of the spells seem to change with every land. So the usefulness/effectiveness of each spell will differ depending on which area you are in.
Sound: The game does offer several tracks that help add to the fantasy nature of this game. Some of the tracks offer a highly whimsical feel and can be rather enjoyable on their own.
Graphics: The graphics in this game are sort of a mixed bag. The game seems to be appealing towards a fantasy novel style of approach to the characters, but this slightly cartoonish approach isn't always pleasing to the eye.
Difficulty: This game has a rather high level of difficulty. While this game offers you an infinite number of lives you'll probably need them. I've played a lot of action/adventure games over the years and easily died over 100 times during the course of this game. This is largely due to the fact that your main attack will be the staff, but it has an extremely short range meaning you'll usually be trading blows with the enemy in an endurance contest and your characters just can't take that many hits. The game also offers many levels that can be rather intricate for a game geared towards a younger audience. This issue probably could've been solved if the game included an actual map feature. Instead you are given a very bare bones map if you can call it that of your general location in comparison to the next target by pressing the R3 button.
Overall: The game is highly challenging and this level of challenge feels out of place considering the target audience for the game. While, I wouldn't recommend this game to a friend do to its subject matter and high learning curve the game is rather enjoyable once you understand how to play it.