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Everlight (PC)

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Genre: Adventure for Windows XP / Published by Jowood

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      06.01.2010 23:40
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      "Everlight" is an adventure video game. It was first released in 2007 as a PC DVD-ROM game by Atari. In the European marketplace, the game received an age guidance rating which deemed it appropriate for ages 12 and above. The game boasts moderate system requirements which include: System: Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or equivalent RAM: 512 MB Video Memory: 64 MB Hard Drive Space: 4000 MB According to external sources, Everlight was a very popular game in the country of Germany where it originated. The game was roughly translated to the English language to serve the non-German marketplace with mixed results. While most of the translations were applied appropriately, I did find that some areas featured obvious German references which failed to convert to English. These occurrences are few and far between and don't overly hinder gameplay, but I did find them to be nonetheless noticeable. In Everlight, players assume the role of Melvin the elf. He is on a spiritual quest to overcome his fears and release his elven magical potential. In order to do this he must serve a spiritual guide, and is transported to a seemingly alternate dimension where he must first liberate guide Fiona and follow her instruction to free the town of Tallen from a curse. The curse is activated during the nighttime hours of the game and sees the local townspeople become zombie-esque while engaging in illicit activities such as gambling, bludgeoning and forceful begging. The game itself is a simple point and click adventure system. Players will be given instruction by Fiona or a townsperson and must execute the specified task. Most of these tasks require the player to forage for items or deliver a message to another individual in the town. These events are common to adventure games and usually set up a more involved mission, but unfortunately they meet ends in themselves and allow the player to progress to the next quest. The gameplay is also host to numerous on-screen shortcuts and helpful tips. Holding the "H" button, for example, loads all objects which the player can interact with which makes finding certain individuals or buildings a cinch. Everlight is presented from an isometric perspective focusing on Melvin. I found the title to make great use of the video memory requirements by presenting the story through 3D objects. Those seeking a more traditional Elven appearance may be disappointed as Melvin leans strongly towards a humanoid physique with considerable height and width to his body. I didn't note any evidence of the stereotypical pointed ears, either. Movement animations are usually smooth but seem to skip frames when showing lengthier actions such as falling over a longer distance. Where the game shines is its audio track as much of the interaction between characters is presented through recorded dialogue. This aspect tends to be missing from many popular adventure or roleplaying games, but extensive vocal coverage to the lines made for a pleasing auditory experience. Overall, Everlight is a passable adventure game at best. I found the quests offered in this title to be too easy for my tastes and often became bored with what was on offer. It may appeal to a younger player who is unfamiliar with the genre but enthusiasts may want to look elsewhere.

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