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  1. Developer: a jolly corpse Publisher: a jolly corpse Platform: PC (Desura, Web) Release Date: June 14, 2013 ESRB: N/A (E suggested) A review code was provided by the publisher for this review. Sometimes, I want to play games where your main goal is to destroy everything in your path. Other times, it is to inhabit the shoes of some new, intriguing character and help them save the world. Then there are the times when all I want is to challenge my brain to creative, difficult, or even incomprehensible puzzles. Although puzzle games are often tough they make me feel incredibly smart afterwards. So when it came time to review Wyv and Keep: The Temple of the Lost Idol I was pretty pumped. Thankfully, the game doesn“t disappoint (much). It“s a cute tale of two characters, named Wyv and Keep, who have decided it“s a great idea to search through various tombs, forests, and otherwise very Indiana Jones-esque locations in order to secure more and more treasure for themselves. Of course, if you were promised heaps of treasure just by solving puzzles wouldn“t you do the same? Wyv and Keep is a 2D puzzle platformer with attractive pixel graphics and an equally lovely soundtrack that gets you in the mood for adventuring. Although this sounds like a lot of indie games out there these days, it manages to chart its own course via gameplay mechanics. You see, this game is one that can be played by either one or two players simultaneously. However, even if you play alone, you still must control the two characters because they are both integral to solving each puzzle. Playing with a friend locally is likely the best way to play, although if you“re the type who prefers to have everything perfect then you“re probably going to prefer going it alone. All the same, each puzzle is made to require both of the team members to push blocks, jump to specific areas, light fuses, and a host of other things. It“s basically impossible to have only one of the characters carrying out all actions simply because it wasn“t designed for this. With another person by your side, it“s likely you“ll quickly come up with solutions. Although there is online multiplayer included, I was unable to try it out. This is due to two reasons. For one, there are not a ton of people playing this game. Secondly, many players have documented the fact that multiplayer just plain doesn“t work for them! A fix is on the way, but so far if you want to play with friends then local co-op is the way to go. So far, a jolly corpse have proven themselves they want to fix Wyv and Keep by already providing a handful of patches that went up very quickly after issues arose. Whether you choose to play alone or with a friend you“ll likely find that Wyv and Keep is one tough game. Sure, it might have adorable pixel graphics and animations, but it will leave you scratching your head on a multitude of occasions. Even though things feel as though they should be simple, smart level design helps puzzles need exact accuracy for completion. At times, I found myself searching for the proper solution only to have it finally flash in my mind after repeated failures. Moments like these are great fun and will likely happen a lot over the 60 main game levels. At the end of each level you are ranked on multiple criteria, one of which is speed of completion. In particular, speedrunners may find this a fun new challenge. With just the levels provided Wyv and Keep is still likely to keep you busy for hours. But that“s not all there is thanks to a level creator included with the game. You can do a whole lot with the tools, even going so far as to adding in your own custom sprites. Or, if you“re not the creative type, you can always simply browse and download the maps that others have created online. Although the community is not massive, there are regularly new levels being created thanks in part to the developer hosting level-making contests. Even if the gameplay features weren“t top rate, the visuals and soundtrack most definitely are. This is a game that has been in the works for years and it shows. The sprite characters are bright and lively, backdrops are interesting and detailed, and everything comes together to make it look fantastic. The music is also supremely well done. Luke Thomas, the composer, has put together one great selection of music that is a joy to listen to and to have getting stuck in your head. Wyv and Keep is such a fantastic product that it“s amazing it is not on Steam. In years past it is likely the game would have gotten onto the digital distributor no problem. If you purchase the game right now you will even get a Steam key later if it does get through Greenlight, meaning you might want to upvote the title. In the meantime, definitely get Wyv and Keep: The Temple of the Lost Idol if you dig puzzle platformers and are in the mood for co-op! Pros: + Tons of interesting puzzles + Extremely well done visuals + Soundtrack fits the world perfectly Cons: - Online multiplayer still causing issues for many - Various smaller bugs have plagued the game although most are now patched Overall Score: 9.0 (out of 10) Fantastic Wyv and Keep is just the kind of product that encompasses all that is great about puzzle platformers. If you have a co-op partner it becomes an even more entertaining experience.
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  4. Marcus Estrada

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  5. Marcus Estrada

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