[Beyond PlayStation] SpellKeeper Review

by Tracey

Puzzle game Spellkeeper on Nintendo Switch is one that fans of the genre should check out. Find out why in our Spellkeeper review!

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SpellKeeper is a puzzle game in which you’ll be working towards freeing butterflies from their cocoons by using spells. The premise might sound simple and relaxing, and it does make for a relaxing experience for the most part, but once the difficulty of the puzzles starts to increase, you’re going to have to do a lot of trial and error to find the right solution for each stage. Using the right spell at the right spot, switching spells around, activating more than one butterfly cocoon at once, these are all things you’ll need to keep in mind when you take on SpellKeeper.

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The story revolves around the magical properties that the butterflies. The Princess says that the magical butterflies are dwindling in numbers, trapped in a chrysalis due to the lack of energy – and this is where you come in. You are the chosen one, and only you can release the butterflies from their cocoons by using magical spells. When you boot up the game for the first time, you will enter a tutorial which will last a few minutes at most, and in it you will learn the basics of how the gameplay works – activate a spell, select the direction it will fire on (if available), and try to have the energy hit the butterfly cocoons.

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You can play all levels in the game using either the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con or the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop mode. You have the choice of using one or the other, or a combination of both, whichever feels better for you. Stages are presented with grids of multiple stones, and since you have a limited number of spell uses at your disposal, you will need to plan accordingly and find the best logical solution to each of the puzzles you’ll face.

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Some of the stages will mix things up a bit by introducing special types of blocks or by changing the spells you have access to, forcing you to do things differently. You will start to understand how each level starts to behave like a maze of sorts as you try to find the best path around the grid. As you progress in the game you will gain more magical powers that can help you overcome the harder stages, hitting more than one spot at a time with a special energy pattern, opening the way for you to release more butterflies.

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SpellKeeper is a fun puzzle experience on Nintendo Switch with dozens of puzzles to solve as you free a ton of beautiful butterflies from their cocoons. Levels are split into different worlds, each with its own theme, with a challenge that increases at a fair and steady pace. There are no timers, so you’ll be able to enjoy this one at your own pace, making this a great puzzle game for fans of the genre.

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This Spellkeeper review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Silesia Games.

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