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  • Summary: Candleman is an action adventure story entwined with low-light gameplay. Acting as a little candle who can burn for only 10 seconds, players will venture through unsettling darkness. Struggle to overcome obstacles based on the mechanics of light and shadow. Explore a wide range of enchantedCandleman is an action adventure story entwined with low-light gameplay. Acting as a little candle who can burn for only 10 seconds, players will venture through unsettling darkness. Struggle to overcome obstacles based on the mechanics of light and shadow. Explore a wide range of enchanted environments while seeking distant light. Unveil the hidden treasure that concerns us all. Expand
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  1. Dec 16, 2019
    90
    Candleman (even with the extra levels added) is still a fairly short experience, but the length felt comfortable and it didn’t overstay its welcome. The storybook narrative style is perfect for the heartwarming tale that this game tells (no spoilers!) and it would be a great experience for a family to enjoy. Recommended!
  2. Oct 17, 2019
    80
    Candleman is a very fun game to play on the go as the short levels allow you to just pick it up and play whenever you feel the need. It’s also easily replayable due to the goals of lighting candles in each level, but overall, it’s a bit short. It’s a shame as I feel like there could have been many more avenues to be explored. However, if you want a short, thought-provoking game to play through that won’t take up all your time and won’t break the bank, then Candleman is at the top of my list of recommendations.
  3. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Candleman is a beautifully crafted game that offers a unique, relaxing and immersive experience. Great level design and narrative make it highly worthwhile on Switch if you’re looking for a new platformer to play.
  4. 80
    Overall, Candleman is a wonderful experience for anyone who enjoys platform games or just great artwork, even in a simpler form. It is a cute and inspirational game that is easy to pick up and play through a section as needed, or binge it all in one sitting.
  5. Oct 6, 2019
    70
    With gameplay and visuals are not too dissimilar to Little Nightmares, Candleman could almost pass as a horror title, but this isn’t quite the case. There’s nothing to really threaten your life other than the odd trap and bottomless pit, and whilst it’s certainly dark, it’s filled with brilliant flashes of vibrant light and abstract shapes, making the game really quite beautiful to behold at times. Unfortunately, however, it’s also an incredibly easy experience, and despite the various puzzles you’ll find scattered throughout the game, there’s very little here that will prove too strenuous. But if that’s the kind of experience you’re specifically after, then Candleman is a worthy addition to your Switch library, offering a relaxing gameplay experience with ethereal visuals that will keep you busy for several hours.
  6. Oct 16, 2019
    70
    The experience of playing Candleman is as charming as it is simple. An action-adventure game with puzzles, designed around a candle questioning their reasons to live seems unusual enough but Candleman's level design and puzzles, which fit like a glove on the Nintendo Switch format, make this game something any player can immediately get attached to. Candleman would be an even better experience if it was more ambitious and went beyond its base concepts.
  7. Oct 7, 2019
    50
    Candleman: The Complete Journey is an average puzzler that seems to show off everything it has early on, leading to a flat experience overall.
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