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  • Summary: Join Hans in a fantasy world and experience a unique adventure, full of surprises and challenges. Get hooked on an immersive tale, where every decision counts and every clue is a piece to solve the puzzle and get the treasure. Unravel the sordid secrets of the castle, meet colorfulJoin Hans in a fantasy world and experience a unique adventure, full of surprises and challenges. Get hooked on an immersive tale, where every decision counts and every clue is a piece to solve the puzzle and get the treasure. Unravel the sordid secrets of the castle, meet colorful characters, and remember: horror always lurks beneath the surface. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dec 18, 2017
    90
    I can’t say much more about this little gem without running the risk of spoiling something, and since there’s absolutely no fat on these bones, giving even a little away would be a crime. However, what I can say is that this small, unassuming indie is a masterclass in tight, focused design and it delivers a wonderfully layered experience. Funny, scary, clever, and eerie in equal measure, The Count Lucanor is an absolute delight… Whether Hans finds his happily ever after nor not, this modern fairy tale is one that’s worth experiencing.
  2. Oct 30, 2017
    88
    The Count Lucanor is definitely worth a place in your Switch eShop library. Comprising a castle of a range of different puzzle challenges in each room, it's like a scarier version of the Crystal Maze. Well-written storytelling also helps its case, and while it may not be long, it certainly is memorable.
  3. Oct 29, 2017
    82
    A fascinating and entertaining game.
  4. Oct 23, 2017
    70
    The Count Lucanor is a mostly enjoyable horror tale that is only prevented from being a truly great game thanks to a couple of performance issues and relatively short duration. At its best, the game offers a surprisingly rich story, intriguing (and genuinely creepy) characters and surroundings, and enjoyable puzzle-based tasks to ponder over. The candle and saving systems add to the stress imposed by the castle, forcing you to choose between being safe in the present or keeping supplies for later on (although a harder difficulty setting which provides less of these items could have worked wonders). If you’re looking for something a little bit different, this could well be the game for you.
  5. 70
    There are games that deliver horror that’s confronting and often gory, but The Count Lucanor excelled at showing a different side of fear that other studios should take cues from. On the downside, I’ll never trust another goat again for as long as I live.
  6. Oct 27, 2017
    65
    A game with a great proposal but technically fair. Performance is not what you would expect.
  7. Oct 30, 2017
    50
    The Count Lucanor is as average as it gets. The most impressive aspect is definitely the animated cut-scenes and how many different ways the story can be completed. The problem is that the whole thing is over so quickly - about as long as it takes to tell an actual fairytale. In-game pixel art fails to impress and the amateurish designs and animations undercut the story and themes as depicted in the writing and cut-scenes. Also, Metal Slug 3 is on the Nintendo Switch and runs perfectly, so there is no reason why The Count Lucanor suffers some egregious performance issues.

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  1. Aug 18, 2018
    8
    The Count Lucanor is a weird game. It mixes traditional European folk tales and Japanese horror, 8-bits and 16-bits graphics, adventureThe Count Lucanor is a weird game. It mixes traditional European folk tales and Japanese horror, 8-bits and 16-bits graphics, adventure mechanics and RPG feelings, grotesque gore and coming-of-ages fable tropes. Somehow, these dissonant elements combine perfectly into a few hours of interesting adventure.

    Instead of sticking to the classic point-and-click adventure formula, The Count Lucanor plays by its own rules. The core of the game asks you to tackle a large puzzle with multiple possible solutions. The curiously free-form structure leaves you almost wondering sometimes: will I be able to finish this game, even though I wasted an item on something that might not have been the best use of it? In the end, however, all the pieces click together into a satisfying conclusion. That's a trick that even higher-league adventure games rarely dare to attempt.

    The Count Lucanor is a refreshing, surprising delivery by a tiny team. I'm glad that I spent a few hours playing it.
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