Dark Eye

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
Game By Daedalic Entertainment (2012)

For centuries the kingdom of Andergast has been at odds with neighboring Nostria, but now first steps are being undertaken toward a lasting peace. But a plague of crows troubles the king, for the birds are acting with unusual aggressiveness, even attacking humans. As the belligerent creatures infiltrate even the castle itself, the king seeks a skilled bird catcher – an opportunity for young Geron to prove that the reputation for ill luck that has followed him since childhood is undeserved. However, the task will prove much more difficult than he expects, leading him on an adventure that will take him to the borders of the charted lands of Aventuria and beyond.

The best thing about the game is the graphics and game-play. The  hand-drawn artworks is good, with a dark fantasy atmosphere.

The game-play is easy, everything is done with the cursor that acts as look and use.

The problem is that the story isn’t engaging, it’s about a bird-catcher that has to rescue a kingdom from ravens. Throughout the game characters will dump large amounts of info that turns out to be not relevant to the story.

The story is very linear and a lot of the puzzles are not that obvious or logical. Without a walk-through I would not  have completed this game. Also, the central character Geron is not very sympathetic or relatable. The face does not match the voice acting.

In total it took 9 hours to complete the game (2/5)