I remember reading about Oceanhorn when it was released on mobile platforms last year and how it did so well on the market thanks to its obvious Zelda influence. Now developer Cornfox & Bros has brought this game over to the consoles with Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas. Featuring just about everything fans of the Zelda franchise have come to love, this is a title you’ll want to dust off your sword and shield for.
The story kicks off with your character’s father leaving in the night to go fight off a terrible monster that comes from the ocean. When you awake, you find that it’s up to you to pick up where he left off and bring peace to the land by confronting the monster and hopefully find out what became of your father. Naturally this won’t be easy as you’ll come across plenty of enemies, bosses and puzzles that will get in your way. Luckily you have your trusty sword and shield that you find at the start of the game, and will come across other weapons and items inspired from Zelda such as bombs and arrows. If that’s not enough Zelda references for you, there’s even a Wind Waker-like boat for you to travel across the oceans with that you’ll find in your quest.
While I never played the mobile version, the controls handle pretty well here and will most likely be a welcome addition to those coming from the touchscreen ones. There’s buttons for your items and attacks, and your character move along fairly well with the analog stick. As with the classic Zelda games, there’s plenty of secret areas and items for you to explore and collect in your journey, especially the bloodstones you can collect to learn powerful spells and hearts to expand your health meter.
The visuals and audio were already good on the mobile version from what I can tell, so I can say while they may look simplistic, they serve their purpose and look great doing it, such as the animations of the characters and how fluid the water looks and moves. The audio is also very impressive, especially since Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy fame along with Kenji Ito of the infamous Mana and SaGa games are lending their awesome talents to the soundtrack that pulls you into Oceanhorn’s world and keeps you there indefinitely as you play.
If you’re a Zelda fan or someone who likes to play action RPG’s, you’ll want to go on a quest to pick up Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas. It’s a well made game that makes a great transition from the mobile market to consoles, and will have you drowning in its ocean of fun soon enough.