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Wik and The Fable Of Souls Platform Game
Quick Wik Review
Game Play: 8
Value For Money:9
Overall Rating 8.25
It's not often that a game comes along that allows you to be truly arboreally elegant whist remaining sedentary behind your desk. Essentially, this is a c asual platform game, but to dismiss it as just another silly platform game is to cruelly ignore the polish and charm that imbues this game. From the moment you load the screen to the moment you regretfully must quit in order to resume normal life, Wik draws you into his darling forest landscape.
What is Wik? He's essentially half frog, half man. He leaps and bounds with a soft grace through elegantly designed environments guaranteed to draw you into this strange world, and instead of a tail with which to swing throughout the layers of the game, he makes use of what could be the world's first prehensile tongue, if it wasn't clearly just some kind of sucking device.
Wik might feel as if it has clumsy controls to begin with, but trust me, that's just you. This game has the capacity to make you soar like an angel with a sticky tongue, but you must first master the extremely basic controls. Left mouse button, right mouse button, and just like those Wii magic sticks, waving the mouse around to create swinging movement. You're not limited to just sticking and swinging either, it's entirely possible to catch things with your tongue, then spit them at your faithful companion, a beast that looks like a cross between a paramite and elum. (If you don't know what those are, play Abe's Oddysee and come back to this game later. To have come so far in life as to have found this article and never have sampled the joys of what I call the ultimate atmospheric platform adventure game is to have lead a hollow existence.)
In fact, there is a great deal about Wik that reminds me of Oddworld. The quirky hero, the sweet level design (although Oddworld did it better,) this could be regarded as something of a causal little cousin to Abe's Oddysee, something you can play for a few minutes without being shot at by Sligs.
Don't think that Wik is an easy game though, it's not. Though the controls are simple, you are expected to learn to use them well and to push Wik to the limits of his abilities. This makes the game an actual game of skill, an element that often goes amiss in casual games which become little more than a click fest of shiny things. If you prefer a more button mashing style of play, Wik is not for you. On the other hand, if you like gaining an intimate knowledge, new skills, and pushing your hand / eye co-ordination to new levels of greatness, then I highly recommend you buy the game.
A demo is available for free on steam, and if you purchase Wik and The Fable Of Souls on steam, it will only set you back $4.99, making this one of the most reasonably priced enchanted games of the year.