I’ve heard a lot about the Starhine Legacy series and I finally got my hands on a few of the games so naturally I had to review it.
The entire story spans over so far 6 episodes where each episode has it’s own game, meaning there are 6 games in the series so far. To me it sounded mostly like a cash-cow and it only got worse when I came over a comic book of the series and I was very sceptical by just what I heard and saw but still I gave the game a chance.
You play as Lisa, the new kid in town, that is her own person and doesn’t care much for being in fashion or part of the in-crowd. She befriends a few people in school and starts noticing she can hear a strange voice in her head. While meeting up with a girl at the stables she finds out the voice belongs to a horse that is close to being put down. The horse tells Lisa that it is in danger and only she can save it. In general a pretty generic story that has been seen so many times before, so no points here from me.
The graphics are unique in terms of style. It’s nothing fancy or realistic but it does stay true to the style of the comic book which is very admirable. It’s very edgy and the envoirments could have been made so much better than they actually have. They score a few points for staying true to their style, but only a few because the poorly done envoirments definetly drags down the game.
There is a little voice acting, but it is only sounds, not actual words. They use different voices for different characters and that scores them a few points. The little sounds definetly raises the game a bit.
The controls are not explained well enough. You have to guess how to enter your backpack, diary, cellphone and the map. You move with the W,S,A,D keys instead of the directional keys and you use the mousewheel to choose between your map, cellphone, diary and backpack, so the controls are optimized for a left-handed person. If you’re not used to using these controls, you will be lost completely. Controlling the horse has no bones in it. The speed might be a bit slow, but nowhere near too fast. Anyone can control the horse and you will rarely lose control of the horse. Turning can be a bit edgy, especially if it’s a sharp turn, but you rarely have to make one, so it is not really a problem
The gameplay consists of different tasks you have to perform. Most is, in this game, done on foot. It feels more like an adventure game than a horse game, because there are so little element of horse-care and horse-riding. You are more focused on Lisa settling in and solving what is making the horse suffer thann actually caring for the horse and develop riding skill and it has a linier story-line where traditionally horse games have more free gameplay giving space for riding free.
There is absolutely no customization options in this games at all and if you really want that, then you will be sorely dissapointed. Personally I think in this game it doesn’t really matter because the story of the game takes up so much, that you forget about it. You don’t the part in this game, but if you epect it, then it will bother you for a bit. Especially if you dislike white horses as that is your default.
The difficulty level swings a lot because of the different game elements in this game. The horse-riding elements are extremely easy while elements where you have to move and avoid being seen can be extremely diffiul because moving by foot is very very slow and it will take a lot of technique that especially younger players will probably find very difficult so they may want to avoid the game unless they have very patient older players by their side.
I will say that the game offers a quality game to an extend. You have to be a fan of the adventure genre to enjoy this game, but it is more of an adventure game than an actual horse game. f you are a fan of the series, do buy this game, but prepare yourself on the fact that you will need to buy all 6 games to get the full story-line. Other than that my verdict is Rent
This game won’t fall into everybody’s taste.