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Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince (Xbox)

Developed by Gamera Interactive, Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is available now on PC (Steam) for £7.19 and Xbox One (and Windows 10) for £8.39!

Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is a 2D puzzle game with a difference! You have two screens side by side controlling two characters at the same time who move simultaneously but in opposite directions and your objective is to get both of them through the puzzle and into safety, often having deadly traps to avoid!

I really love the concept of Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince and how the different dimensions are portrayed in contrasting sides of the screen with the good use of dark and light colour schemes. Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is well animated, sound effects are of high quality and levels have been carefully designed so that they feel different enough but are still familiar so that there aren’t any unnecessary distractions. I love that it has been designed in a pixel art style as it gives the game a friendlier look to it.

You start out as “Hero” and begin your adventure through the treacherous puzzles, each level gets progressively harder and I found myself slowly descending into eye twitching exasperation. Sometimes I needed to take a step back from the puzzle in order to see the way through it, so I’d definitely recommend playing in shorter bursts rather than attempting to finish it in a single sitting- although I am sure there are plenty of people who are more than up for that particular challenge!

The controls are quite simple to grasp, the character on the left will move in the same direction as your controller input whereas the character on the right-hand side of the screen will move in the opposite direction (pressing left will move them right, etc.). I found the controls to be responsive but definitely preferred using the D-pad rather than the left stick. The biggest hurdle that I had to overcome was getting my brain to process having to move both characters at the same time without getting one killed which is more of an issue in the later levels but the number of times I looked at the wrong side of the screen and pressed the wrong direction was maddening! The worst part was that I knew deep down I was about to get it wrong but I still did it anyway…

In all of the levels you will see that there are also treasures to be collected which adds an extra risk factor because they’re never hidden in a simple place now, are they? Happily though, collecting the treasure is not a requirement to complete the level and you can always repeat the level later on. Upon completing all the levels and collecting treasures, you will unlock bonus levels and a new character (all three characters have their own story), in order to unlock the final levels and the last character, you’ll have to complete everything twice in total. Here is where I became a little disgruntled with Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince, even though the additional characters provide a new take on the levels because they have special skills which you can use to your advantage, I still felt like there was something lacking with regards to variety because when it all came down to it, it just felt like I was replaying something I had already done, again. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad if enough time had passed in between playtime so that you had a chance to forget some of the levels.

Overall, Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is an incredibly enjoyable game and I found it perfect for playing when the kids were around (although, the distraction didn’t particularly help me!). If I had to give it a score it would be 8/10, I’d definitely recommend this one!

Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince has a whopping 46 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. All of the achievements are progression based and will unlock by simply playing the game to its completion (and collecting all of the treasures along the way). By no means is Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince a quick completion but with perseverance and a little patience, it is doable. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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