08th May2020

‘King Lucas’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

After an affair King Lucas had with the Witch of Sausan, the Queen left him and remarried in an adjacent kingdom, and now his daughters are the only ones left at his side. Due to his love for them, each and every time they get lost in the castle, he moves heaven and earth to get them back and he only resorts to the most intrepid knights in order to find them, only the castles in which they’re held are randomly built and you, playing not one of King Lucas’ intrepid Knights but a mere knight who stumbles into this situation, must find them inside a little area of it. You can move horizontally and vertically through the rooms until you reach your goal. Once you succeed, the castle will become a little bit more difficult: a larger area will be unlocked and the experience will become more hardcore when the princess becomes lost inside a fully unlocked castle with more than 1,000 rooms! And you thought Ghouls ‘n Ghosts was hard…

Damn! King Lucas puts you in a suit of armour much like Capcom’s classic franchise and whilst there’s not a many super-frustrating points in the game in which to overcome, King Lucas stills kicks much gaming butt, with the simple task of making your way around a castle – in a Metroidvania style – seeming, at times, like an impossibility. The reason? The castle is made up of hundreds of interconnected rooms, which are reconfigured every time a new search begins! Playing King Lucas and finding a princesses is literally like finding a needle in a haystack.

There are upgrades however that can help in your quest – you can earn or but keys to open doors which may, or may not, be shortcuts to new rooms; you can upgrade weapons and shields so that you don’t die so easily and dont’ have to get too close to the enemies (something I found frustrating at first) and… and this is the most important item you can buy in the game, you can get a compass. Trust me, if you have the money and the shop your in has one, BUY IT! That will at least give you a direction to head, otherwise you can spends hours wandering up and down the rooms, climbing ladders, jumping over flames and traps and battling slime, ghosts and everything in between!

Interstingly King Lucas is not all about rescuing princesses, there are actually side-quests built into the game that reveal themselves when you talk to the myriad of NPC’s. From collecting certain items to killing a set number of enemies (like slimes in the first instance), these quests add a lot more depth to an already deep title, which means for a budget priced title you get a lot for your money. Plus I can guarantee you’ll plow plenty of hours into the main game anyway to get MORE than your monies worth!

Speaking of money, King Lucas is available on the Nintendo eShop now.


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