Review: Oceanhorn 2 – Knights of the Lost Realm (Switch)

Fun and attractive pirate adventure, with a futuristic twist.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm takes place 1,000 years before the events of the first game and our avatar is a young knight, who is faced with a real dangerous enemy: Warlock Mesmeroth.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm - Cornfox & Bros. copyright 2020. screenshot Nintendo Switch

I have not played first Oceanhorngame itself, so I can not compare it to Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm. So that’s why my thoughts on the sequel come as a completely separate game. Immediately, I like the futuristic and whimsical version of the pirate theme. It feels fun and refreshing. Then there are really nice environments we move through. The graphics are nice and feel handmade. Most of the characters we meet have recorded voices that give it a good feel. Minor characters speak only through text.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm - Cornfox & Bros. copyright 2020. screenshot Nintendo Switch

There are many upgrade options and almost 20 hours of playing time to do everything on land and at sea. Oceanhorn 2 does well on Nintendo Switch, both in portable and docked mode. On the other hand, I could think that the charging times were quite long in portable mode. There are no problems with reading texts on the small screen, as the fonts are a good size (thank you for thinking about it, developers!).

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm - Cornfox & Bros. copyright 2020. screenshot Nintendo Switch

Unfortunately, what bothered me a bit was the controls. You hit and attack with the Y button, instead of with the bumper button which I think feels most logical. Because when you have to run and control the camera, at the same time as you have to fight, it becomes a total pancake and everything starts to spin in different directions. It is not a dealbreaker, but it is still something that the Finnish developers Cornfox & Bros could have thought through better. The boss fighters have a given routine in the classic way, which is easy to crack but which becomes a bit monotonous in the end. In general, the fighting parts feel quite simple and it is lucky that the rest of the game is more interesting in terms of story. Here is a clear love for – and inspiration from – the vultures Zeldagames.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm - Cornfox & Bros. copyright 2020. screenshot Nintendo Switch

In summary, that is Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm a fun, fun and interesting action-adventure RPG that is definitely worth a recommendation!