The Forbidden Arts
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About this game
Developer: Stingbot Games
Content Rating: Teen
The Forbidden Arts is an action adventure platformer. When the hero, Phoenix, seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his visions, she awakens the latent pyromancy within him. This begins an epic journey to save the world of Chora from the blight of an evil necromancer.
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The Forbidden Arts is a nice indie studio entry for the Switch and good for at least 12 hours of gameplay. I say “at least” because if you play like me you will probably get a couple of extra hours out of it (refer to the finicky jumping bits above). It doesn’t have all the polish of a big studio game, but it has heart.
Anyone expecting a Zelda-esque level of role-playing or story, or Mario-level platforming will be disappointed by The Forbidden Arts, as will gamers looking forward to a lush, 3D world to explore. In fact, The Forbidden Arts is a platformer with light RPG elements, a skeletal story and an imperfect balance between its controls and its demands. Ultimately, The Forbidden Arts lacks ambition and enough imagination to help it stand out from a crowded, accomplished field.
This is a game released a decade and a half too late. It could have been a somewhat cult hit back in the Gamecube era, but nowadays, it’s purely and simply yet another indie platformer that, while harmless, is only recommended to those who really adore the genre and want to tackle every single title that comes out for the Switch. At a discount, by the way.