Candle is an adventure game for patient gamers who like games with a unique aesthetic. You play as Teku, a young light-bearer on a perilous quest to rescue his tribe’s shaman from the evil Wakcha tribe. His path is littered with pitfalls, but Teku has a special gift: his left hand is a candle. You’ll use it to hunt down your enemies or to bring light to areas invaded by shadow.
The first thing you notice about Candle is the pre-Colombian style watercolour artwork used for the game’s graphics, which give the game a unique atmosphere. All of the backgrounds and characters have been lovingly drawn by hand and then scanned, image by image. It leaves you with a constant feeling of playing inside a living painting.
Candle is not simply a platform game... it also contains elements of point & click and episodic games.
The relaxing music and backgrounds help you stay calm when faced with the mind-boggling puzzles. You’ll need to pay close attention to all the details in order to solve them.
Boxes to push, levers to pull, puzzles to solve, branching paths, enemies that need avoiding, items to be used at the right time or given to the right person... Packed with puzzles and enigmas, each painting affords you a chance to sharpen your wits. For lovers of the genre, it’s not too dissimilar to the first Oddworld games in both its style and level design that sometimes plays with depth and backgrounds.
A little gem that’s well worth giving a go.