The Blind Prophet from RedDeerGames and Ars Goetia is a dark and gloomy point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. Check our The Blind Prophet review!
The Blind Prophet from RedDeerGames and Ars Goetia is a dark and gloomy point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. It’s a Rated M for Mature experience in which you’ll take on the role of the Apostle Bartholomeus, who is on a divine mission to liberate the city of Rotbork from its demons, all while trying to defeat the greater evil that lurks within its shadows.
By using the power of the stalker’s eye to detect demonic corruption. You won’t be doing this entirely on your own since you’ll get the help of Vic, the owner of a local tattoo salon, who is happy to pay it forward after the help she receives. She knows the town and can help you find your groove. There’s also Edward, who just happens to be an expert on antiques and various symbolic items, which, given your current mission, is going to be very, very convenient.
Arts Goetia took The Blind Prophet to Kickstarter back in early 2019, seeking €10,000 in funding to be able to cover the game’s development. Once the crowdfunding campaign was over, and thanks to the support of over 450 backers, the project managed to secure €12,959 in funding. The game was then released the following year on Steam right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit – you know, during simpler times. It’s now 2023, and we get a chance to take this game for a spin on Nintendo Switch.
As you can tell from the screens and trailer in this The Blind Prophet review, this is a gorgeous looking point and click game on Nintendo Switch. The art direction was inspired by the work of comic book artist royalty, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Moebius, and Sergio Toppi, to name some examples. Every single location you visit, every character that you meet, it oozes personality. Add some bonus references to movies, anime, and literature here and there, and you have a game that will certainly get your attention. Kudos to Baptiste Miny for the work done to bring The Blind Prophet to life.
You’ll get to learn the basics during the starting tutorial. You’ll be moving a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you interact with objects or other characters by pressing the A button. Once you interact with something or someone, you’ll have to select the action you want to perform between the available options – Observe, Take, Use, and Discuss. If you ever need a reminder about what you need to do next, you can move the cursor on top of the hero’s portrait at the bottom right corner of the screen and click on it, or just press the + button.
Doing this will open up the menu where you can review the Notes section to check the notes you have about your current objective, as well as take a look at the info you’ve obtained on the Lore or Demons in the game. If you’re having some trouble, you can get a hint in the notes section. The Lore section will sum up the narration and development of the game’s story. The Demons section will provide you with additional information on the entities you’re going up against – Lucifer, Asmodee, Belzebuth, Baal, Satan, Mammon, and Leviathan.
Without spoiling things too much, allow me to talk about the first couple of things you’ll need to do after you save a girl from an attacker. She feels tired and dizzy and hasn’t had anything to eat, so she’s very close to fainting. You will need to find her something to eat so that you can talk to her some more. Since there are many spots to interact within each location, you can just press the X button – or click on the eye icon on the left side of the screen – so that you can use your power to highlight all of the potential spots you can interact with, or find where to click on to enter a new area.
There’s a crate with a fish symbol next to your character, but there’s no way for him to open it right away. Move one screen to the right, and along with the nearby boat you can inspect and the signs you can look at, there will be a crowbar conveniently lying on the floor. All of the objects that you collect will be added to your inventory, which you can open up by pressing the L button or by clicking on the icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.
The good news is that once you grab the crowbar from your inventory and drag it to the box with the fish symbol, Bartholomeus will easily crack it open. The even better news? No, there’s no raw fish inside of the box – which could have been the case since you ARE standing at the docs. Instead, what you find inside is a bunch of canned tuna! Click on the pile of canned tuna to add one can to your inventory, and then drag it over to the exhausted girl so that she can eat and regain her energy. Her name is Vic, and she’s the owner of the aforementioned tattoo salon in town.
The Blind Prophet is a solid point and click adventure game with a gorgeous art style that will instantly grab your attention. The dev has learned from the experiences provided by classics, and it has helped Ars Goetia to give us a game that very much feels like a 21st-century release in the beloved genre. Other than the text being a bit on the smaller side of things and some typos – something that usually happens when a game jumps from PC to console – I didn’t run into any issues during my time with this one. The Blind Prophet is out on Nintendo Switch with a $24.99 price tag, and it will provide you with around 5-6 hours of content depending on your experience with point and click adventure games.
This The Blind Prophet review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by RedDeerGames.