First things first – this isn’t a new game. It’s old. Like 2012 old. But I recently came across this and found it good. That’s why I thought of sharing this game with you. Read below to know more about this awesome game.
The Aurora stone has been stolen from the great Lighthouse by an unknown and shadowy creature. Without its light, the Driftlands will be destroyed. And so Oscura Second Shadow, keeper of the lighthouse and owner of a mysterious, eternally glowing hand, must travel the lands and gather the shards to restore the stone – before it is too late.
There are hundreds of platformers available but for a game to be different than the rest it has to be innovative and brilliant. Oscura gets 8 out of 10 in both the categories.
The game is set in darkness as the source of light has been stolen. And you want to bring back the source. All you have is your glowing hand to show you the path in darkness.
Controls are very simple and easy to learn. There are buttons for left and right directions and for jumping. Double tapping on the jump button makes Oscura jump even higher.
As you continue going forward you will find various obstacles like spinning gears, spikes, weird creatures, pits, etc. in your way. Everything here wants to kill you. You do not have any weapon with you, all you can do to protect yourself for these obstacles is jump. This makes it a bit challenging.
There are 20 levels in total and you have to get 4 stars in each level. Although it isn’t mandatory, but it is something that will keep you hooked to this game as there are very few levels. Four stars are given on the basis of speed, number of deaths, number of light shards collected, and number of gears you find. Achieving four stars is difficult as gears are hidden in tricky spots. To be honest, I only got four stars in level 4, 6, 7, and 11.
One frustrating thing about this game is that you’ll die a lot in higher levels. But the good thing is that even if you die you don’t have to start over. There are various lamp posts in each level that work as checkpoints.
Sometimes death just becomes unavoidable, in that case you can slow down the time by using a power up.
The soundtrack of the game is good and is suitable for such gameplay. It is not like the most terrifying soundtrack but it manages to give the eerie feeling.
One thing which I didn’t like about this game is that there are only 20 levels and each level is completed in the same way – you need to make it to the end while avoiding the enemies and other obstacles. Nothing unique here.
Oscura is a nice game. It is good but it could have been a lot better. It is for those who just need to kill a few minutes as each level hardly takes 5 minutes to complete.