When most people think of Game Freak, the first thing that comes to mind is the Pokémon series which they were instrumental in creating. However, there are other games that they have made along the way. Back in the day they released Pulseman on Genesis, Yoshi and Mendel Palace on NES and then the Game Boy. Their most current release is HarmoKnight on 3DS.
HarmoKnight is a little more pricey than most people expected it to be, but once you crack it open and really get into it you’ll soon realize that it’s worth every penny and more. This game can be viewed as a combination of conventional 2D platforming and rhythm elements. You play the role of Tempo, a young sword wielding hero who travels through the land of Harmonia, defeating the Noizoid invaders in an attempt to save the world of Melodia. The story plays out through a delightful combination of 2D cutscenes and 3D introductions. Colours are vivid and the scenery enchanting. The controls are pretty easy to manage with B or A hits, and Y or A jumps.
Along the way Tempo manages to find some helpful adventurers who assist him with his mission. Tempo steps back and takes a break whilst you control these additional characters. Lyra, a female archer who shoots arrows, and Tyko and Cymbi, a man and monkey team who beat the enemy like drums, add a fun element to the game in sections that are simpler and easier to navigate than the main game.
HarmoKnight consist of more than 50 stages and delivers fantastic bonus content. The entire story which takes about five hours to get through and spans across seven worlds, will keep you glued to the screen. The last time I can remember being so captivated by a seemingly light-hearted game was when I was playing slots at Springbok Online Casino. The one thing they have in common is the ability to allow you to become completely enthralled in the game whilst lifting your mood and creating an atmosphere of escapism. I can also compare HarmoKnight to Angry Birds in that you’ll keep coming back for another attempt, determined to beat your previous score.
The verdict? This game would be an asset to anyone’s collection. It provides an enjoyable experience, from start to finish. It delivers what it promises and is well worth the price tag.