Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

Trollhunters is an American computer-animated fantasy television series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro, and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Double Dare You Productions. It follows the story of James “Jim” Lake Jr., a teenage boy who finds a mysterious amulet and stumbles across a secret realm inhabited by trolls and other magical creatures. Soon afterward, he and his friends are charged with protecting our world from the dangerous monsters that lurk in the shadows of their small suburban town.

Video game adventure based on the series named Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia was developed by WayForward and published by Outright Games LTD on the 25th of September 2020. It is a side-scrolling action platformer in which you take control of the series’ protagonist Jim Lake Jr. at his endeavours to stop Porgon the Trickster Troll and his sneaky plans. Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia also features a local co-operative mode in which the second player controls Claire Nuñez, Jim’s girlfriend.

Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia’s quality of presentation is not superb, but the game is playable and enjoyable as whole. I never watched the series so I have no idea if the game’s story fits into it, or it is a new chapter of its own. It is not deep, but the premise is that you have to overcome an evil troll who has the ability of controlling time. The game serves no cutscenes, but the voice acting is sufficient when it comes to in-game dialogues. Graphics are okay but could incorporate a higher level of detail all around – on characters and surroundings as well. There are two difficulties the game can be played on, Human (normal) and Troll (hard), but even the hard mode is not the hardest and can be run through on it with no major problems.

The game’s gameplay in solid and fluid, the platforming is well done and the levels are built with a good sense for platformers. It would be nice if it would have an online co-operative mode as well, and not just couch co-op as it has. Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia also does not have a big replay value, aside from replaying stages to gather the missing collectables that you did not get on your first playthrough.

All in all, I would whole-heartedly like to recommend Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia as a fun action platformer, but you can finish it in one a bit longer sitting, and the price is just too high for it. I understand that the game’s license has its costs, but 40 Euros is a bit much for a game that does not have extreme amounts of content. On the other hand, if you are a die-hard fan of the series, the game is a must have.