Developed by the Italian Digital Tales studio, it was established in 2006 and has two offices, the main office in Rome and the other in Miami. The studio has no known games due to its focus on Smartphone games and this is the first important project for this studio.
Bookbound revolves around the world of literature and mythology, specifically in the Middle Ages, all characters in the game, whether main or side, are adapted from historical stories and books, some of them are real and others are adapted from fictional stories such as Robin Hood, King Arthur, Dracula, Queen Victoria, and Silver and other characters, the events begin after the book of books was stolen, which contains all the words in literature, and the theft was carried out by evil dark forces and the heroes were appointed from the narrator of the story to retrieve the pages of this book, the story is comic and not serious, Funny dialogues, quotes in conversations and events from the characters' books from time to time.
The two-dimensional game system of the MetroidVinia type, large and interconnected maps for exploration and return to the previous places, you initially control five characters and more characters will join you with time, the characters move as one block, the control is smooth with an emphasis on jumping between platforms and after a short period of time. Playing you will learn how to change the shape of the group block to pass through areas and rooms, you can make the group form a single line for narrow corridors or stack it in one long column to reach the buttons and other shapes that facilitate your access to distant places, it looks like a good and innovative idea, but after a while, you will be upset a lot From the repetitive change of group formation and in some areas you will need to change their shape frequently and annoyingly and I think that the design of the repeated stages is one of the causes of the problem.
Fighting is boring at first
Fighting is boring in the beginning and repulsive, frankly, but after opening the special abilities of each character, the combat system will improve, and it may be repulsive at the beginning for some players, there are some problems in artificial intelligence as you can stand in the same position as the enemy and they will not be able to hit you, there are many leaders And fighting them presents a great challenge and the leaders are borrowed from the villains of literature and ancient mythology, such as the wolf quoted from (the Wolf) and also Frankenstein, and others.
One of the problems and weaknesses in the game is the design of the stages that are very similar and confusing, which causes difficulty in remembering places in the game, and also the map does not help much in this aspect, a vague map with few details.
Also one of the annoying things in the game is the number of boxes scattered exaggeratedly, and it is one of the main things to obtain memory points that help develop the characters' abilities. Most of your time here will be spent breaking the boxes to get points to develop characters.
Many puzzles offer challenging and good fun, the game's graphics are average, especially when drawing boring backgrounds, but the characters' graphics are beautiful, there is no audio performance in the game, and all the dialogues are presented through texts and the only vocal performance is for the storyteller, the music in the game Beautiful and each region has its own music theme, the game has a good lifespan of about ten hours.
Despite some problems in the game, but Bookbound offers some fun and good ideas, and I think that most of the game's problems are easy to fix with an update from the developers, and we recommend it to fans of MetroidVania games.
- The idea of the game in the world of literature and mythology is exciting, it offers about 50 characters from the world of literature, funny dialogues, and boss fighting offers a strong and fun challenge, a beautiful music album.
- Some faults in artificial intelligence, the similarity of confusing areas, a vague and inconspicuous map, a boring start in the combat side, average graphics, especially with the game backgrounds, boredom in wasting your time smashing boxes due to their large number.
- Despite some problems in the game, but Bookbound offers some fun and good ideas, and I think that most of the game's problems are easy to fix with an update from the developers, and we recommend it to fans of MetroidVania games.