07th Feb2020

‘Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Cummings

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Developed by Cateia Games and published by Ocean Media, Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen is an Artifex Mundi-like puzzle game with adventure elements and point and click gameplay. I’m a fan of these types of games, and this is a top quality addition to the genre, a genre that has spawned dozens of quality titles for those who like to relax and click their way through some calm, cool and relaxed gameplay in fantastical worlds.

Playing this game on the Nintendo Switch offers a unique alternative to playing on PC or other consoles, with the option to use the handheld system coming in to play. I played 90% of the game on the handheld option of the Switch, and it works very well. Being able to use the touch-screen to make your way through the game is easy and nicely designed.

I’ve played games like this that have been based in horror circus’s, pirate ships, fairy lands and other fantastical places, and this time we find ourselves taking our place as Vatican’s ultimate secret agent as we head to 13th century medieval Europe on a quest to stop witch-hunting in Spain. We wander through a village in peril, with mystery, mayhem and angry wolves coming between us and the answers we seek. It’s well written, a bit corny (in a good way) and full of excellent puzzles of varying difficulties.

I’m a sucker for the hidden-object puzzles that fill these titles, and there’s plenty of those here. It’s relaxing gaming for all ages, and being able to sit and merely press the screen to solve these puzzles is a lot of fun. The game contains hundreds of puzzles and quests and a whole bunch of cinematic cut-scenes that help tell the story in a unique manner. It’s slick, easy to jump into, and one of those games that, if you like this kind of thing, will tick the right boxes. I know these point-and-click puzzlers aren’t for everyone, but they have their audience, and this is one of the good ones. It has plenty of new and fresh gameplay mechanics to set it apart from the various similar games out there, yet is similar enough to appeal to fans who want more of the same. The story is enjoyable, and the puzzles, which come thick and fast, offer varying degrees of brain twisting difficulty, with some being as easy as you like, and others causing you to sit and think for a while before jumping in.

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I enjoyed Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen a fair bit, and while these games do tend to bleed together in my mind eventually, I liked being able to start and dive in, without having to learn how things play. Certainly one that will appease fans of the genre, it’s a solid addition and one that is well worth picking up.

***¾  3.75/5

Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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