Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King [Video Game Review]

Blossom Tales | Video Game Review | Video Games | Nintendo Switch |
Title: Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
Developer: Castle Pixel
Publisher: FDG Entertainment
 Nintendo Switch
Action, Adventure, Role-Playing, Platformer
Release Date:
December 21, 2017
How we got the game:
Downloaded it on the Switch
While I’m a little late on this train, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Blossom Tales, especially from fellow gamers who also enjoy the Legend of Zelda franchise. Indeed, this game has some nods to one of Nintendo’s flagship IPs, and it was fun picking them out as I enjoyed the game itself.
gameplayBlossom Tales’ controls are intuitive. As the main character Lily, you explore and travel throughout the Kingdom of Blossom to rescue it from an evil wizard’s clutches. The analog stick is used to move while Lily’s weapons, shields, and items are assigned to the A, B, and X buttons. The gameplay has been likened to the Super Nintendo’s A Link to the Past, and Blossom Tales gives way to that same sense of discovery.
The game itself is a “story” that a grandfather is telling his grandchildren. Said grandchildren are not afraid to call their grandfather out on details that may seem too silly and their influence are able to change the story as you play. Small choices pop up here and there, such as the grandchildren deciding what kind of monsters Lily needs to slay in order to proceed. The “story” aspect of the game is charming rather than intrusive, and I enjoyed the little recap the grandchildren and grandfather give the player whenever they return to the game after taking a break.
Blossom Tales has such fun graphics, the art style being pixel-perfect. The colors are bright, painting the scenes beautifully while you explore the vast locations around the world as the main character.
The music was wonderful as well, really drawing you into the story as you explored the world. The cities, dungeons, and boss fights all had different and appropriate tunes, allowing you to be in the moment and focus on your current situation.
storyBlossom Tales is a story that a grandfather is telling his grandchildren, Chrys and Lily, much to their delight. The story stars a new Knight of the Rose, “Sir” Lily (as demanded by the grandchildren), in the Kingdom of Blossom. Shortly after Sir Lily was knighted, the king’s evil wizard brother puts the king into a deep sleep in an effort to take over the kingdom.
Thus begins Lily’s epic adventure to search for the three ingredients that will be needed to awaken the king again. Considering the rest of the knights seem to be incompetent, it takes the new recruit to explore and find the items. With her sword skills and special items, Lily will thwart all sorts of enemies as she braves through dungeons in order to rescue the king and kingdom.
Blossom Tales is a cute game, one that is fun and easy to get into. While the story itself is fairly linear, there are a few choices throughout the game that you can make to change the course of the story. It’s a great game for anyone who wants a charming, relatively short action-adventure platformer, whether it’s for the first or seventh time.

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Glad to see you give this one a shot and enjoy it! I like it as bite-sized alternative that can be completed in a much shorter timeframe.
    It makes me wonder why there aren’t more Zelda-likes out there. I guess it’s easier to make a game where you run left-to-right and jump on stuff vs. the effort required to design a Zelda-style dungeon and all of the other things that make that style of game tick. Enjoy your holiday Monday!

    • I wonder if it’s also because Zelda as a franchise itself is so big. Any Zelda-likes will ultimately be compared to actual Zelda games, which is a tall comparison. I did find myself pointing out the comparisons between Zelda and Blossom Tales, but the game itself was also a little tongue-in-cheek with the parallels to Zelda games, which I was amused at. 🙂

  2. I always thought about trying this one! It sounds very much like Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas- a Zelda-like that doesn’t quite reach the same heights as its inspiration, but is enjoyable nonetheless!

    • Rachel has played Oceanhorn, I believe. She couldn’t quite get into it, unfortunately. I wonder how she would compare Blossom Tales and Oceanhorn together? Blossom Tales, though, is cute and I’m having fun with it. If you get the chance to try it out, I hope you enjoy it too!

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