Level: Castle of the Moon back home search
Author(s): Astraf
total rating:8.00 Gameplay &
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eRIC 6 7 10 8
JesseG 6 7 9 8
Orbit Dream 7 7 9 10
Wolf7 7 7 10 10
category averages
(4 reviews)
6.50 7.00 9.50 9.00

Reviewer's comments

"The only reason i don't rate higher is the shortness of the level. With young Lara and only 2 enemies , this raid where every thing works and makes sense hasn't any flaw. The gameplay seems quite simple but chance is that there is the possibilty of misdirection but in the good sense of the term. Not a difficult level though. Objects , texturing , lighting are good and atmosphere is excellent and could not be any better, almost dream like and relaxing." - eRIC (27-Jul-2020)

"An absolutely amazing piece of art this custom was for me, this author really nailed a relaxed atmosphere for literally almost 20 minutes of gameplay. Somehow this feels like a demo to a bigger game, and I am wishing for that, because it is just wonderful the whole atmosphere and texturing but the game is really short and almost, and say almost, gameplay less, apart from an interesting rolling ball and an extremely tedious bull sequence. Literally 20 minutes where your eyes will be blessed by beauty, does not require too much time, you might invest it into this, what do you think? Wolfy Regards." - Wolf7 (20-Jul-2020)

"A brief young Lara level with relatively straightforward travel from switch to switch. There are few threats here, including a single boulder, and a bull to push some buttons for you. The layout makes this a bit tricky to survive, but after jumping straight up at the right time I got through. I have a huge issue with a certain gate made of bars, for some reason Lara can walk between two of the bars, but not between any of the others, which is not very player friendly. I would've never guessed it was possible without watching a video walkthrough. The castle has a nice and compact structure, with return routes opening up for you automatically to reduce backtracking. The level is just a little too dark for me, considering you cannot use flares, but not to an unplayable degree. Other than that the texturing and lighting is quite good. Overall, a good choice if you are in the mood for a short trip to explore a spooky castle. 32 minutes." - JesseG (19-Jul-2020)

"This is one of those deceptively simple levels which a player could charge through in a matter of minutes,provided they knew where to go and what to do.Without that foreknowledge,however,it becomes a quite different matter;and I spent the best part of fifty minutes exploring. It was time well spent,as this small adventure has been beautifully presented.The texturing and lighting is immaculate and creative;the construction,solid;the use of objects and enemies is imaginative and never too excessive - although I felt that the simultaneous implementation of the only two enemies in the level was a little cheeky.Being a Young Lara adventure there's no combat,and exploration therefore becomes the order of the day - and this is highly immersive,if a little vague at times (that seemingly inevitable,and infuriatingly unhelpful,camera shot of a door opening in a room we haven't been allowed to visit yet and therefore didn't know existed). Puzzles are generally absent (but the amount of diligent searching somewhat offsets the need for many of these);while sounds are evocatively handled. Bonus points are awarded for the tasteful choice of the background diorama,which beautifully enhances the location. Overall,an immersive and atmospheric little adventure;which everyone should experience." - Orbit Dream (14-Jul-2020)
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