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  • Summary: You wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone The only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. What happened? Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an epic action-adventure experience. In the game you explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with manyYou wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone The only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. What happened? Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an epic action-adventure experience. In the game you explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. You must fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures, which will help you on your quest. Use all of your wits and skill to unravel the mysteries of the ancient kingdom of Arcadia and the sea monster, Oceanhorn. Expand

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Oceanhorn - Gamescom 2016 Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Sep 17, 2016
    90
    Ane of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences I have had in quite some time.
  2. Sep 11, 2016
    85
    Oceanhorn is a high-quality clone of Zelda with a lot of charm and definitely worth a sailing trip.
  3. Oct 31, 2016
    80
    A little and cute Zelda-like adventure games that moves from its iOS origins to PC and home consoles without losing its charm. A fun game for old and young players that will entertain and awe you with a nice story and a cute graphic.
  4. Sep 13, 2016
    75
    Oceanhorn is unashamedly a Legend of Zelda clone, but feels more like an homage than a copycat. There are few original ideas, but old-school adventure game fans should love Oceanhorn’s bite-sized interpretation of Zelda’s classic formula.
  5. Sep 12, 2016
    60
    A short, sweet tale, which you’ll enjoy mostly for its delightful visuals and enchanting soundtrack. The overt homages to The Legend of Zelda can sometimes feel more like blatant imitation than respectful tribute, and we wish there was a little more punchiness to the combat, but developers Cornfox Bros demonstrate competent game design here, and Oceanhorn subsequently represents one of the better mobile to console ports out there right now.
  6. Nov 1, 2016
    50
    It's still a fundamentally unimaginative example of the genre it's aping, and completely fades out of memory the second you remember there are other fish in the sea.
  7. Sep 15, 2016
    40
    There’s nothing wrong with taking influences from classic franchises, but the very least one could do is make it transformative enough to warrant its own game. Oceanhorn: Monsters of Uncharted Seas is both mechanically too similar and at the same time somehow inferior to the The Legend of Zelda franchise. It has a lovely score, but there are far more original interpretations of the genre out there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 9, 2016
    10
    + Super fun old school gameplay
    + Nice graphics style
    + Music from my favorite composer(s) + Story + Boss battles - Would be nice to have
    + Super fun old school gameplay
    + Nice graphics style
    + Music from my favorite composer(s)
    + Story
    + Boss battles
    - Would be nice to have more islands...
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  2. Sep 9, 2016
    10
    When I saw screenshots of the game (iOS version) I directly fell in love with Oceanhorn. It looked just like the type of game I enjoyed soWhen I saw screenshots of the game (iOS version) I directly fell in love with Oceanhorn. It looked just like the type of game I enjoyed so much during childhood. But since I don't own an iOS device I never was able to play it - until now.
    Certainly, it's not a perfect game (There's always room for improvement, isn't it?), but I definitely got what I expected: a lovely crafted, fun game that brings back the good times of my childhood I spent with Link, Ark from Terranigma, Maxim from Lufia and many more.
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  3. Sep 9, 2016
    10
    I really enjoyed this game. I love the colorful graphics and beautiful music. Enemies are a bit easy, but I think it suits well for this typeI really enjoyed this game. I love the colorful graphics and beautiful music. Enemies are a bit easy, but I think it suits well for this type of adventure which is more about exploration anyway. Boss battles are well designed and fun. Recommended buy! Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2017
    9
    I think this is a severely underrated game, it is simple fair enough, but it is good fun and in my humble opinion, it is not simply a ZeldaI think this is a severely underrated game, it is simple fair enough, but it is good fun and in my humble opinion, it is not simply a Zelda clone.

    So, yes I think is fair enough to say that this game took obvious inspiration from Zelda, specially gameplay wise where a lot of items work in very similar ways, for example bombs. Basically, oceanhorn plays a lot like Zelda; this is a link to the past or a link between worlds, not the 3d zeldas such as breath of the wild or skyward sword. This is and exploration and action adventure kind of game. You just walk around islands, exploring caves and other venues killing monsters, fighting bosses, solving puzzles, using different weapons and items as you advance in the story. This is where this game is very similar to Zelda in a lot of things, is it a clone? In my opinion, it is very similar but different enough not to be considered a clone, but people like to take things out of the context. For instance, Alundra is a cult game, considered by a lot of people as a fantastic game (myself included), it took a lot of things out from Zelda as well, and there wasn’t any general outrage about it being a Zelda clone.

    This is a multiplatform game in the most extensive use of the word. I mean it’s even out for android and IOs. That means that when it comes to the game itself in ps4, there are some limitations you need to be aware of. First one and more obvious, is the graphics, the graphics are cartoony styled and nice enough, but obviously we’re not looking at high-end graphics, they’re quite simple but they work all right (I mean take a look at some screenshots). Also, artistically speaking the game is quite simple, so you won’t find any venues that will make you wow, but within its simplicity it does a good job at making different islands feel different. Although nothing special, you won’t find islands boring or repetitive.

    Sound and music, sound is good, I think sounds and voices are well made, no complain in there. Music is fantastic, but looking at the people involved, that is hardly surprising (e.g. Nobuo Uematsu, etc.). Beautiful OST that helps enhance the overall quality and overlook things like the simple graphics.

    The story and the universe built around it was surprisingly good. This is the main thing that in my opinion makes this game feel very different from Zelda, and makes me believe a lot of the people that say this is a clone have not actually played or finished the game. The story is kind of simple, but it works quite well and I don’t think it’s any worse than in some of the Zelda instalments. Then, the universe felt rich and well developed, some good ideas and interesting lore around it, I’m personally very interested to see where the sequel will go with this because it is a genuinely interesting universe. This universe and its lore are completely different from Zelda’s and I think it takes very little inspiration (if any) from Zelda and, this, in my opinion is what definitely prevents this game from being a clone. The lore is interesting and gives this game its own personality.

    Finally, there are quite a few things you could actually criticise about this game. The graphics and simplicity (this includes things like animations), but it is an indie game with low budget so I don’t think a lot more could have been done. Nevertheless, it’s something to improve and it looks like is actually going to improve significantly in oceanhorn 2. Also, gameplay wise, more items and more ways to interact with stuff around you would help, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t close to what Nintendo has achieved in this kind of game. Finally, and probably the most average part of the game was boat travelling. So the world is an archipelago basically, so you have to go by boat between the different islands. You can’t really control de boat, just sit while it goes to whatever island you’ve chosen to go, you can shoot around some stuff but boat travelling feels far too simple and tedious. Some interesting stuff could have been done, but boat travelling is just boring. Good stuff is you get an upgrade for your boat to go faster fairly early in the game, so at least you don’t spend a lot of time in the boat. It doesn’t drag down the experience, but it is something that needs to go or be completely redesigned in oceanhorn 2.

    Summarising, it is a game that given its indie status, low budget and multiplatform approach has its limitations, especially noticeable when playing in a system like ps4. However, if you’re open minded enough (e.g. you don’t automatically hate something that is not called Zelda), you’ll find a very funny action adventure game. If you like Zelda, as long as you’re open minded, if you like adventure games, I think you’ll have fun. If you cannot get past some of the limitations, like graphics, it’s fine (all opinions and tastes are good and acceptable), but spend your money elsewhere as you won’t like this.
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  5. Aug 19, 2018
    8
    Game was nicelooking and relaxing to play. it took about 12-14h to get platinum trophy. I didnt find any bugs and game didnt crash. music wasGame was nicelooking and relaxing to play. it took about 12-14h to get platinum trophy. I didnt find any bugs and game didnt crash. music was great and gameplay solid. controls were fine, maybe a bit too simple. Story wasnt very impressive, and lots of things were copied from Zelda windwaker. But i can recommend this to my friends. Totally worth of its price Expand
  6. Jan 17, 2018
    7
    A great game for those that love the Zelda style adventure games. A cross between traditional old school Zelda mixed with Wind Waker.A great game for those that love the Zelda style adventure games. A cross between traditional old school Zelda mixed with Wind Waker. Gameplay is smooth, exploring is fun and some good puzzles. Music is good and the game is just long enough to warrant the price tag. Most locations look the same with different textures but are just different enough to set the atmosphere for each zone they are aiming for.
    For you trophy hunters out there, this is an easy Platinum. (So easy you can Platinum without beating the game)
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  7. Sep 3, 2017
    6
    Deutsche Review - Kritik

    Der folgende Test ist in 5 Kategorien zusammengefasst. Diese 5 Kartegorien ergeben die Gesamtpunktzahl von 0 - 100
    Deutsche Review - Kritik

    Der folgende Test ist in 5 Kategorien zusammengefasst. Diese 5 Kartegorien ergeben die Gesamtpunktzahl von 0 - 100 Punkten. Um einen passenden Userscore zu geben wird auf oder abgerundet. Bei 84 Punkten ergibt das einen User Score von 8. Bei 86 einen von Userscore von 9. Falls eine 85 kommt entscheide ich ob ich es eher positiv oder negativ nehme. Regeln verstanden?
    Dann sind hier meine Punkte.

    Mein persönlicher Score = 61/100
    Mein User Score = 6/10
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