Developed by the independent studio Amplify Creations, Decay of Logos for SWITCH, PC and etc. is an original mix of an action RPG and an adventure title. The creators drew inspiration not only from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Nordic folklore, but also from the productions by the Japanese studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke) and the series like The Legend of Zelda and even Dark Souls.
Decay of Logos takes the player to a classic fantasy world disrupted by endogenous problems. Just like the whole kingdom, the royal family lived a peaceful and decent life. The situation became complicated when the queen died during childbirth. The daughter that was born quickly became the apple of the king’s eye, and since her birth, he neglected his sons. Years passed, and the power-hungry sons started managing their lands.
This is when the player comes in. You assume the role of a young woman whose village gets ravaged by unidentified invaders. Being the only survivor, the girl seeks revenge and the only thing that can help her track the perpetrators is the royal emblem she saw on their armours. The protagonist travels North and thus sets out on a dangerous journey. Luckily, she is not alone, as she has Elk on her side – a mysterious being resembling a deer.
Decay of Logos released on SWITCH, PC and etc. utilises the third-person perspective. The village serves as a base from which you travel further into the fantasy world. By visiting particular areas, you reveal secrets they hide, find valuable items, and build relations with NPCs. The way you speak to them is important, as they will remember your behaviour, which may have consequences later in the journey.
Exploration is one of the most important aspects of the game. It is accompanied by many environmental puzzles – reaching different places requires cracking more or less complicated puzzles, finding a key, or cooperating with your bizarre friend. Initially, Elk distrusts the heroine, so you have to win his trust by feeding it and taking care of it. Over time, their relation strengthens, which translates into e.g. using the creature as a mount.
The production also features real-time combat. Defeating some of the opponents (especially gigantic bosses) takes both reflexes and tactical thinking. The girl is really flexible – she can dodge, vault, jump back, parry, and counterattack. Apart from melee weapons, you can make use of offensive and defensive spells.
The title introduces an extensive character development system – not only slaying enemies makes your statistics go up, but so does solving puzzles, and even finding well-hidden chests filled with treasures. Still, you need to remember that if hurt, the protagonist becomes weaker. In order to regain strength, you need to set up a camp, but keep in mind that even then she can be attacked.
Decay of Logos is an independent production powered by Unity. The 3D visuals are especially impressive due to the original, fairy style. The environment is colourful and very detailed, particularly lush vegetation.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon R9 285 or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7850 or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit