“Effie is a 3D action-adventure game that combines classic elements from the genre, such as combat, platforming, and puzzles, with the exploration of an expanded world. Live a unique fantasy adventure and relive the look and feel of old-school video-games!” This is the way Spanish developers Inverge Studios shortly describe Effie on its Steam page, and it feels like they are taking words right out of my mouth. T̸̙͊ṿ̷̿P̴͇̀y̵̦̚?̸͇̚i̴̧͒!̷͓͘B̵͚̄S̵͚͑b̴͉̋ì̴͜T̸̡̒8̶̠̕y̸̙̎&̸͇̋b̵̟͝(̷̢̚ǵ̶̖I̴̟͒s̶̖͑ḭ̵̈́U̷̠͝L̵̞͠1̷̼͑h̶̯́m̴̭̄g̷̘͛$̵͉̀ĥ̸͖0̴̡̕?̵̢͆D̶̡̿8̶̤̀3̴̻̈Q̸̧̐7̷̮̀)̴͍̄X̶̧̿L̷̞̾o̵̤̒v̸̙͘/̶̹̍Q̴̦̀a̶͙̚¨̸̩͐w̶̩͒T̸̮̿Ȕ̶̲c̵̹̑ḧ̸̥M̸͇͐y̸̠͑G̸̨͗n̶͈̿N̷̤͂ǹ̴̼O̴̺͋I̸̝̿i̸̧̔m̶͗͜E̷̻͆V̸͙͑C̸̻̒Q̶̮̆&̵̡̑4̵̭̽=̵͍̒O̵͓͌p̷͔̉6̵̖̂L̴̗̉L̵͕̍0̴̡̓8̷̢̏S̷̡͂6̶͇̉M̵̮̕Ä̷͖́(̴͖̽q̶̦̌J̸͍́¨̵̥̉a̸̤͗&̷̘͊8̶̢́5̴͔̚?̵͓̚6̶͚̿O̴̘͘r̸͇͊G̴̊͜D̵͇͗4̸͙͗p̶̺͂(̸̫͊t̶̝̅q̸̱͊ý̷͍V̸͖̌!̸͎̉ To make things even clearer, the developers state that the game is inspired by titles like Ratchet and Clank (a PlayStation exclusive series), A Hat in Time, The Legends of Zelda saga (Nintendo exclusive), RiME, Abzu, Yooka-Laylee, the Rayman saga, Spyro, and Crash Bandicoot. If you are fond of any of the games listed here, I am sure you will enjoy yourself playing this indie title, that was released on the 28th of January this year.
Effie follows a fairytale told to a young girl named Effie, about a young man called Galand who was, after he refused to repair her cart, cursed by an evil witch Melira. He prematurely became a lot older and in order to break his curse, Galand has to destroy Melira, the Gems of Evil, and all dark power. 0̷͈͛Å̸̩#̸͉̈́9̴͋͜O̶̥̐I̶̧̓D̸͉̿1̴̮̑?̶̄͜X̶̘́¨̴͔͐&̶̹͆Q̶̤̓w̴͓̚n̷͇̔*̶̮̒Ṡ̶̲R̴̘͠T̶̢̈́w̷̠̅f̵̤̈F̴̰͂y̷̢͌O̶̯͠Ḭ̷̉B̷͈̈́q̵̮̾Ḭ̷͂ơ̵̙è̵̘ẍ̸̞G̷̝͘1̷̮͗N̶̥͒O̶̰̍$̸͚̄M̶̻̿l̷͉̽$̷̓ͅ”̵͍́Ȑ̷̖B̴̞̍”̸͉̎¨̷̜̍ṗ̶̲¨̵̜̎J̸̤͌3̷̟̊8̸̍͜7̵̖̚l̵̩̑j̷̫͆H̴̲́p̴͌ͅm̶͉̈́A̸̝̓z̸̝̚=̷̞̈́D̴̖̄u̷͎̓b̸̬͛x̷̬͊a̷̲͛b̴̗̿V̵̦̈́S̶̺̀G̶̙̏l̸̘̽f̵̣̓T̶̺͛9̸͎͝ä̸͍́O̶͘ͅb̵̖̾5̵̥̇v̸̰͊ạ̷̄u̴̫̓x̶̻͝%̷̘͒(̵̱̾5̵̪́῭̶͚?̵̳̕ź̷͎A̵̪̐t̵̳̀0̵̪̇x̴͙͑m̷̥͗j̸̲̉8̶͔̋8̴̲̋ḅ̷̎1̷̟̐r̷̢͋/̶̧͐H̶̡̆v̵͇̕9̵̘̂ You will need to free the cities of Oblena region from a powerful and dark evil with the help of your magic shield. This is all made clear in the first chapter of the game, so I do not consider it a major spoiler, all I am trying to offer here is a short synopsis of Effie. I will shut my piehole now, just play the game to discover more about Galand’s journey.
Graphics of Effie are modern, but clear enough so you will not get lost in an overload of textures – less is more, but both the environments and enemies are pretty well made. The settings allow modifications of all important factors, from maximum frame rate, motion blur, to quality settings of foliage, shadows, textures and view distance, so you can really customize everything the way you want them to be. Y̵̻͆Õ̴̢3̸̢͑X̶̹͋l̴̗̊ỷ̵͇ě̷̞e̴̫̋E̶͍͋!̷̲̔b̸̠̆F̷͇̉0̷͖͒X̶̭̆b̵̝̅N̸͇̽f̸̲͑W̵̞͗k̴̛͍6̵̺͛L̴̻͆ă̵͜/̶̦̊d̷̜̏Ú̸̮p̷̃͜d̷̰̓%̵̢̽$̷̨͝9̸͚̇H̷̯͂Ȇ̵̡v̴̝͂Ẍ̸̰́6̵̻́Ü̵̻5̵̺̄2̷̢̚?̵͈͒#̶̺́d̷͖͌0̶̫̈́”̵͓̉n̵̹̉&̴̰̓l̶̯͝Q̴̝̈́t̵̘̆F̵͉̆S̵̜̿ṳ̶̂u̴̖̕I̵͙͘ë̵͎́1̷͘͜3̷͎̀(̵̱̀X̸̠͋s̷̢͊m̷͔̄Y̴̰̔Ẻ̷̹?̶̢̆Q̸̫͝Ļ̴͠Ű̶͇1̴̮͆W̸̼͠A̴̳͆b̴̞̚8̶̗̅ȗ̸͜v̶̬͊c̵̨̚í̴̠K̴̹͝x̸̢͆l̷͓̔G̸̠̊X̴͔̓7̸̨̂0̴̙͑q̸̠̇N̵̫͂Ẍ̶̰M̷͉̀Ą̷͂6̸͙́p̸̛̣ý̴̼À̶̲T̸̼͋e̴͇͂Q̵͔̀I̵̧̚E̵̜̓8̸̥̏6̴͎͐7̶̝̿J̴̪́ As far as gameplay goes, you will wander around an expanded world with Galand, combat sinister creatures, there is a lot of satisfying platforming, and solving puzzles from easier to more complex. The use of a controller is highly recommended both by the developers and me, as it makes it a lot more fun, but Effie is playable with a keyboard and a mouse as well.
I can recommend Effie with all my heart, as I enjoyed playing it more than I thought I will. It surprised me on many levels I thought it will fail at, as my small mind expected nothing more than another bland and unpolished 3D platformer. 3̶̨̐Ǘ̴̡y̷̹̓p̵͕͐e̸̯͝ḧ̸̞́A̶̭͘#̶͇̀$̵͖̇W̷͖̐ṛ̶̈Q̵̠̀%̶̾͜l̶͌ͅC̶̣͛7̴̯͝Ş̸͗w̴̩̿W̷͕͝ǹ̴ͅ1̴͑ͅ)̶̱͒t̵̮̊s̵͎̈́I̵̱͆=̶͎̈́8̶͍̏*̵̐ͅḊ̶͉)̵̳̚9̴̦̎z̸̳̎/̸͚̀Q̵̛̼ḯ̵̭G̶͇̑J̸̣͂E̸̠̓=̶̝̐z̴̖̃T̸͈̂=̶͍͛e̵͔̚G̴̙̿0̵͂͜”̷͇͝w̸͇̆Ẽ̷̦P̴̬͝ṅ̶͜ Boy I was wrong, and I am very happy I was. Effie is a very fun experience and also not too challenging, so I can recommend it to our younger audiences as well. I am looking forward to upcoming releases from Inverge Studios, as they pretty much succeeded on all levels with their first bigger project.
Ȳ̷̤̌̌̈́̇ơ̸̡̟̻͓̠͖̠͌̿͆͑̓͋u̶̢̥̫̳̦͕̻͋͛̍̃ ̵̤̘͈̜̻̔̿n̵̡͍͉̜̟̈́ȇ̶̡͘ẻ̴̛̺͇͉̬͔͒̋̆͋͝d̶̬͇̞̼̘̪͉̃ ̸̱̥̎̀͘t̶̜͍̮̣̼̖̎͂̾͆̌̿͘ô̷̢̢̫͖̕̕͝ ̷̻̈́͆̾̆͛́̉t̷̰̫̀̌r̷̤̥̫̓̒̔̌͑͝y̸̡͓̩̬̮̝̦͂̅̾͒͠ ̷͇̒i̵̧̩͇̻͌̇̅̈́̌t̷͕͙̟̤̀̎͜ͅ,̷̯͌͑̎̄͝ ̸̳͔̦́̈̔̄̊a̸̪̰͕͝s̶̨̡̧̩̟̮̽̎͂̀̅ͅ ̶̡̻̈̈́̄̎͆̅̂y̸̩͇̗̿̾̄͆͘̕ͅö̶̡̟̻͚̎̾͋͠ǚ̶͓̬̜͍͑ͅͅ ̴̛̥̗͇͓̗̟͚͒̒̏͝͠ẉ̴̹̆i̷͖̲̻͋͆͐̐̕ļ̴̳̞̳͈̻̯̈́͆̈̂͝͝ĺ̴͊̒͘͜ ̵̻̝͚̀́̋̇̾̆n̴̮̗͍̲̮͙̱͑̈́͝ö̵̮̬̞̙͉̞͙́̓̆ẗ̴̹́̈́̿͌͝ ̵̡͎̮͔̪̘̄͌̂͒̿͝ͅr̸̮̻͋̀ê̸̡̡̤̖͎ğ̷̡̳͚̗̬̗͇̐̋r̶̯̹̥̼̉́͋͌̎̏͛e̸̢̢͖̭̟͈̐̄͜t̷̜͝ ̷͉̥͐̆̑́͆̓͝i̵̪͌̊̄̕t̵̟̥̲̦͛͜!̶̢̻̱̘̗͚͈͒̑̒͠