Earthlock

Publisher: Snowcastle Games
Developer: Snowcastle Games
Release Date (US): 2018-03-08
Site Ranking: #43
Type: Turn-based RPG (#7)
Tags / Compare to: Crafting, Fantasy, Random-Encounters, Turn-based
Game File Size: 3.6GB
Players: 1 Player
Game Length (Avg): 14 hours ($2.14 / hour)
Length & cost per hour are subjective to play style
eShop: eShop Page
Website: Official Website
Twitter / Hashtag: @snowcastlegames
Reddit: Reddit Community
ESRB: E 10+
Views: 4331 (4 today)
OpenCritic Score: 75.4 (Based on Switch Reviews)
Updated Friday May 18, 2018 07:17:49 AM:
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Game Description

EARTHLOCK is an adventure RPG inspired by the classic 3D RPGs of the late 90's, with a fresh take on turn based combat and character progression.

Enter a beautiful world haunted by its fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon's uncle from an ancient cult and uncover the secret of EARTHLOCK.
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Price History

2018-10-13$29.90
2018-09-28$20.03
2018-08-23$29.90
2018-08-09$17.99
2018-07-08$29.90
2018-06-21$19.73
2018-05-24$29.90
2018-05-10$23.92


SwitchRPG Staff Reviews

Earthlock Review by Meatballsub
Posted on March 12, 2018 (2490 Views)


Reviews

[Review] Earthlock (Nintendo Switch) via Miketendo64

Earthlock is a true indie gem that has come a long way in such short time.

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Review: EARTHLOCK: Festival of Magic via VGProfessional

Now available on Nintendo Switch, Earthlock: Festival of Magic is neither a good nor a bad game, but still a rather solid effort from Snowcastle Games to create a unique JRPG influenced by the 1990s titles in the genre.

77
Earthlock Review via Nintendo Insider

More than anything, it is a joy to exist in Earthlock’s painterly world. This throwback to PlayStation-era JRPGs ranks among the best role-playing experiences that there is to be had on the Nintendo Switch so far.

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Earthlock (Switch) Review via NintendoWorldReport

From the animation to the structure of the combat and progression, most aspects of Earthlock can be traced back to an earlier game that just did it better. Without its own original or unique hook, Earthlock just feels bland and dated. For a independent developer to be able to carve out a piece of the RPG market dominated by big players like Atlus and Square Enix you need to bring something new and unique to the table and unfortunately this is something that Earthlock doesn't accomplish.

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Earthlock (Nintendo Switch) Review via Cubed3

Those looking for a turned-based RPG, inspired by the golden oldies, are advised to look exactly where Earthlock took its inspiration from, as it's not very good at what it does. Some neat ideas have been included, but these can't make amends for a lack of an engaging plot, or fun battles.

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Comments

16bitSwitch
July 31, 2018 10:45:03 AM
My biggest regret purchase and the last indie I pay over $20 digital only. I wish I had bought it on sale but I was dying to try it. It's nice to look at but I don't recommend buying full price. I do agree with others who say pacing is off. I played for about 20 hours.
juntaru
June 29, 2018 08:24:28 AM
Just got it when it went on sale. Haven't played much yet but really digging what I've seen for now.
2 Likes
firestream
June 5, 2018 11:42:15 AM
Am I alone in feeling that this game reminds me of Final Fantasy X? Anybody gotten it yet?
1 Likes
Manaricelle
March 23, 2018 02:14:48 PM
So apparently this is a remake of a game they released for PC from what I am gathering. It looks interesting, I read Meatballsub's review which further enticed me to research the game and the game systems seem like they would merit a really great game, but it's also been said that there are periods of just sheer boredom and poor pacing. This might be a game I wait for a sale on.
2 Likes
Meatballsub
March 21, 2018 06:54:37 AM
@JoshuaJSlone fair point. The majority of PS1 RPGs used prerendered backgrounds, but there were many PC and a select few N64 RPGs that were fully 3D at the time.
2 Likes
JoshuaJSlone
March 21, 2018 06:28:39 AM
I often see this compared to "classic 3D RPGs of the late 90's", but man, how rare it was for them to actually be full 3D rather than having your characters walk around on prerenders.
1 Likes
Damyck
March 21, 2018 06:16:46 AM
I love the aesthetics of this game! I've never been an Indie fan but something is changing inside me wih the coming of the Switch.
1 Likes
Meatballsub
March 19, 2018 07:16:14 AM
@Septimus Woolf while I don't necessarily disagree with you, are you referring to Earthlock: Festival of Magic (old) or Earthlock (new)? I do agree with you to an extent either way.
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Septimus Woolf
March 18, 2018 06:54:29 PM
I played the first half of this game an de not very much happened. It's quite empty for a game of this genre
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Meatballsub
March 8, 2018 06:48:45 AM
Be on the lookout for a SwitchRPG review of this game soon!
4 Likes
Phillip Pinyan
March 2, 2018 09:45:26 PM
I did some research into this game a few weeks back, and I’m so excited for it. The transparency of the devs about its release is both entertaining and needed in the industry. I love they call this the should-have-been version!
5 Likes
firestream
March 2, 2018 04:13:24 PM
I love the look of this game! It is moving up my wishlist fast.
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