28th Jun2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Cast of The Seven Godsends’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Cast of Seven Godsends, a 16-bit side-scrolling homage now available on the Nintendo Switch.

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The Kingdom of Dareca is about to fall to Emperor Zaraaima. Prince Kandar is having none of it, but before he becomes a problem, Zaraaima kidnaps his child and kills Kandar. However, the seven Gods take pity on Kandar and resurrect him from his tomb… And so Cast of The Seven Godsends begins.

An obvious homage to Ghosts ‘n Goblins and its next-gen sequel (at least graphically), Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Cast of Seven Godsends gameplay will be VERY familiar to anyone who has played either of the legendary side-scrolling platform games – borrowing just about every game mechanic from Capcom’s franchise. From the range of weapons available, to the way in which you lose armour after getting hit by enemies, to the huge enemy battles at the each stage… and the way in which you MUST memorise each and every wave of enemy to progress through each level; at least if you are to get to the final bosses with armour intact and therefore slightest chance of defeating them without dying continously!

However it’s not all “homage”… Cast of Seven Godsends actually expands on the armour aspect of Capcom’s franchise and it all ties into the game title. You see the titular “Seven Godsends” are actually different armours that you can equip your character with to help you battle the games various enemies – though I’d recommend saving the armour power-ups for boss battles as mentioned previously. Otherwise I can’t guarantee the safety of your Switch, or your TV either if you’re playing the game in docked mode! Each armour represents an elemental god and as such the armour reflects the element you choose – boosting not only your strength but also your combat, each one giving you a different style of [powered-up] attack.

And whilst many decry modern games for being “too easy” when compared to games old, Cast of Seven Godsends DEFINITELY bucks that trend! This is a hard-as-nails throwback to the peak platforming era that reflects the skill and patience needed to complete games like Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – don’t think you’ll get through the levels in one go. Oh no. Instead be prepared for death and [limited] continues to be used a plenty!

But saying all that, Cast of Seven Godsends is actually a refreshing, yet familiar, platform game that – difficulty aside – will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the genre.

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