By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on October 25th, 2016 on Xbox One and PS4, also available PC
Developer: Drakhar Studios Publisher: BadLand Indie
There are three different worlds that Ginger goes between on his quest to save the Forest Goddess. The three worlds are Lowleen Town, Crater Peaks, and Bleepside Lake. Each village contains five mirrors, five red crystals, fifteen Gingerians, NPCs to save, and a bunch of quests and buildings to construct. The mirrors are the main levels of the game and are unlocked after completing the previous one and by reaching a certain percentage of the village saved. These levels have the layout of a maze with a crystal at the end. Some of them require pre-requisites of collectibles before the crystal can be reached. Throughout the mirrors, you will come across special villagers. They will give you a new outfit that grants you an ability that is required to get through certain sections of levels later down the road. The fifth mirror in each world is a boss fight which, when beaten, awards you a special crystal that is given to the Goddess to bring her strength back. The red crystals are found in platforming sections that are great for amassing currency. The fifteen Gingerians are saved through a giant crystal obelisk that is in the center of the village. The NPCs are saved by spending 30 currency per villager. The buildings are another way to raise the percentage of the village saved and it makes the villagers happier. I do not believe that the happiness level has any effect on the gameplay; however, it seems like most the villagers get happy when you do anything that raises the percentage. There are twelve different buildings that can be constructed (four small, four medium, and four large) and use various components to add it to the village. These components are achieved throughout the main missions, found around the town, or by completing quests. These quests are simple tasks that are given to you by the members of the community. They range from collecting certain items to time trial races as well as defeating enemies. The gameplay is great and the structure really emulates a modern vision of the genre.
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal is priced at $20 USD and I 100% believe that it is worth that price. The game is super enjoyable and challenging but in a good way. You should not have the feeling of breaking your controller or smashing your television, but the game will not be a cakewalk. This is a platformer that we needed and it excelled at every aspect. So, grab your robes, we have some crystals to collect my friends.
Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 8.5/10
+Great Story Telling
+High Nostalgia Factor