[Beyond PlayStation] The Lion’s Song Review
The Lion’s Song is an interesting point and click adventure with a sepia look and a lot of feel. Learn more about it in our The Lion’s Song review!
For its Nintendo Switch debut, The Lion’s Song presents us with all four episodes in a single download, which is great since we get to experience the full story without waiting for new episodes to release. This one leans a bit more towards being a visual novel with some point and click adventure elements than being an adventure with a lot of text, which is not a bad thing!
The story focuses on the four main characters in a pre-WWI Austria where long distance telephone calls were a new thing. Each episode is fully self-contained, with each character struggling with their individual professions, because of various reasons. Your choices affect the outcome for all three characters, with things coming together during the final episode of the season.
And now, let me talk a bit about each of the episodes in the game.
EPISODE 1 SILENCE – WILMA
Wilma is a composer and a professional violinist who is suffering from a bad case of writer’s block. She has one week to write a composition for an upcoming concert which is just one week away. She goes to a cabin in the Austrian Alps to find some musical inspiration, and it is there you have to help her compose some new music. Some very famous people are going to attend the concert, and this really adds to her overall stress.
EPISODE 2: ANTHOLOGY – FRANZ
Franz is a painter who is very ambitious. He has an interesting ability which allows him to see the hidden personality traits of people. He is able to see their deepest fears and this ability grants him the inspiration he needs to paint the portraits of people. Unfortunately, he has a problem and something is holding him back from reaching his full potential. Cam you help him find what he is looking for?
EPISIODE 3: DERIVATION – EM
Em is a mathematician and a very talented one, but she is struggling to get her voice heard in a profession that is clearly dominated by men. Because of this, Em decides to take a chance and ends up disguising herself as a man in order to be taken seriously in her field and prove her worth as a fully-fledged mathematician. This sets up her episode, and you must do everything you can to help her succeed.
EPISODE 4: CLOSURE – ALBERT
Albert is a Journalist who boards a train to an unknown destination. In his train car he meets three men who all have connections to Wilma, Franz and Em. Since episode four is the final episode of the game, as you can tell right away its name, it’s one I won’t spoil even one bit since this is the episode where the story elements presented in the other three come together. This is a very emotionally charged episode and a great ending to the season.
Out of all the episodes, I loved the last one the most since the the emotions portrayed in it feel so real. All episodes the stories are good and do a great job at portraying the lives of each character. I do have to say that the sepia art style is excellent as it fits the overall feel of the pre- WWI setting and the time period. I wouldn’t have minded some extra colors here and there, but I can understand why the team decided to go with this look. If I’m honest, the look didn’t instantly click with me, but as soon as I was halfway through the first episode, it all fell into place.
The Lion’s Song is now out on Nintendo Switch and it is a must buy. This adventure game/visual novel release has a charming cast of character, an emotional set of stories and an interesting look, for a combination that will keep you engaged from start to finish. After playing this one, I look forward to seeing what
This The Lion’s Song review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Mi’pu’mi Games.