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7 Feb 2021

REVIEW: Eternal Hope on PC (Steam)

Review by Jon Donnis
Eternal Hope is a 2D puzzle platform game, you play as a young lonely boy called Ti'bi, you have lost the love of your life, a girl called Hope, who seemingly dies during a storm after she is stuck under a fallen tree and then falls to her death, and you are about to undertake a journey that will hopefully bring back your girlfriend. 


While grieving for Hope, The Keeper of Souls appears and he tells you that his job is to collect souls, but he has become weak, and Hope's soul has shattered into fragments, you then make what I assume is a deal with the devil and agree to help him by collecting various souls and fragments, which in turn will give him his strength back, and in return he will bring Hope back into the land of the living.

The Keeper of Souls gives you some powers, and you now have the ability to briefly swap into the land of the shadow realm for 10 seconds at a time. You can do this to pass areas un-passable in the real world, to use harmless creatures to help you get to hard-to-reach places, or to solve a puzzles.

There are no enemies to fight as such, just running from boulders, or escaping from situations.

If you have played Limbo or Inside then this game will feel very familiar.


The Good
Beautiful graphics, enjoyable story-line, and great soundtrack.

The Bad
The controls are just not sharp enough, I played using a Xbox Controller, and really this game should be geared towards people using game-pads, but most of the mistakes i made while playing were due to the controls, and then if you do die because of a missed jump, you then have to wait what seems like forever for it to reload to try again. Now realistically this loading time is no more than 10 seconds, but in 2021 this feels like an eternity, especially when you have a feeling that your failure in the game was not really your fault. Of course as you play you will get used to the lack of sharpness and adjust, but it really is something that can and should be fixed. The game is also a little short, and you will finish it within a few hours.

Overall
Despite my gripes over the controls, I really did enjoy the game, it is beautiful to play, and the story is lovely.

I score Eternal Hope and strong 8/10

Review by Jon Donnis




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