Everlight of Magic & Power Review
Everlight of Magic & Power box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: The Games Company 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: DreamCatcher Interactive / The Adventure Company 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 07, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
Walking the Line
by Nathan Meunier

In very few fantasy adventure games would one expect to run across a disciplinarian granny with a taste for whips, handcuffs, sensually scented incense, and a bondage teddy bear. Even more disturbing, old grandma seems a little too eager to ply visitors (particularly young men) with a free “massage.” While the stomach churning imagery fortunately treads just short of truly crossing the boundaries of decency, it’s exactly this kind of unexpected wackiness that saves Everlight of Magic & Power from being a complete bust. A little spice never hurts, particularly when most other aspects of a game closely border on the generic.

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Magic is a crucial ingredient in a world where fantasy runs amuck. Under the pretense of searching for his own inner magic, the protagonist in Everlight finds himself engaging in an unusual series of challenges in a realm that’s fairly mundane during the daylight hours yet completely off the hook when the sun sets. There’s plenty of medieval flavor and mysticism scattered in amongst the quasi-Harry Potter vibe. However, that’s not what makes it different or special.

The setup for what turns out to be a nominally engaging yet relatively amusing adventure is unceremonious and slapdash. Melvin – a kid who looks a little too much like Daniel Radcliff for his own good – walks into a candle shop on a wet dreary day. There he meets a wildly buck-toothed shopkeeper fellow who claims to be a “magician” and entices the boy, through a parlor trick involving three small cups and a magic flame, to become one himself. Soon after, Melvin is teleported to the unusual and magical town of Tallen where he must help the residents there escape from the clutches of a curse that causes them to let their hair down and get a little wild in the nighttime hours. This is accomplished by facing your own fears, of course – and by running a whole lot of errands.

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Tallen is an unusual village to say the least. By day, citizens go about their normal business; when night falls, they give in to their dark desires – gambling, lust, thievery, drinking, and so forth. Humorously, the curse causes them to have no recollection of their nocturnal experiences. After saving his spiritual guide Fiona (an “elf” that’s actually a fairy), Melvin is informed he must simultaneously help the ailing citizenry and overcome his five personal fears (of failure, loneliness, disappointment, fear itself, and death).

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In most regards, Everlight is a typical specimen of the long-running adventure game genre. It’s a little light on the puzzle work, heavy on tedious dialogue trees, and rife with context sensitive item use. Much of Melvin’s time is spent roaming around chatting folks up and doing tasks for them to eventually get something in return. You’ll be nabbing plenty of odd items, but it’s often hard to figure out what to do with them, since you’ll sometimes pick them up well before they’re needed.

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