Enchanted Portals

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a game by Xixo Games Studio
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 4/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: 2D Platformer Games, Co-op Games
Enchanted Portals
Enchanted Portals
Enchanted Portals
Enchanted Portals

As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. So when Enchanted Portals’ Kickstarter was cancelled back in 2019 for it’s similarity to a certain, very punishing cute cup platformer, we thought that would be the end of things. However, as of present day, it seems that Enchanted Portals is a project that is back on the cards. So now we may get a chance to absorb the story of this cute 1950’s cartoon style platformer.

As we hinted to above, this game plays and has similarities to the platformer Cuphead. However, the game also has other platformers like Hollow Knight, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Rogue Legacy, Super Mario Bros and other 2D style platformers of this nature. This game has had its development issues but is this game going to be worth the wait? We find out in our review of Enchanted Portals.

An Enchanting Time

Ok, so let’s talk about the visuals first of all. It’s hard to give this game as much praise as it deserves as it has taken so much inspiration from Cuphead that it reads as a pure copycat operation. However, if we are looking through an objective lens, we have to say that this game looks the part. It offers the same 50’s style, lower FPS animation along with vibrant cartoonish assets which bring the settings and the stages to life. Plus, the magical focus of the storyline gives this visual showcase a little bit of a unique feel, but not much as far as Cuphead is concerned.

Then as for gameplay, Enchanted Portals has just copied Cuphead’s homework again. For that reason, the combat and platforming feel clean and crisp. However, there is a correct way to include mechanics from other IP’s and this isn’t it. Just look at Fenyx Immortals and Breath of the Wild. It’s similar but not to the point of copying. Enchanted Portals fails to understand this nuance and while the game plays fine and is fun, it feel dirty in some strange way.

The only unique thing about this game is the storyline but sadly, the story is bare bones. The story is that you have been sucked into an enchanted world and you will need to fight your way through the beasts and baddies of this land to get back. We get that platformers aren’t usually a vehicle for gripping stories, aside from more Recent titles like Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart for example. But it has to be said, if it’s the only thing you are going to offer, you have to go all out.

The Verdict

Overall, we have the mark this one down, not for its execution, but for it’s lack of creativity and uniqueness. This game is a complete rip-off of the Cuphead series and while it offers a slightly different art style, new levels and a new storyline, it doesn’t do anything that you won’t find in the original 50’s style platformer. The only reason we could see someone grabbing this title is if they are desperate for more content like Cuphead.

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However, we wouldn’t hold your breath, as this game will provably never see the light of day without major changes. We guess we will wait and see.

Pros

  • Great 50’s style animation
  • Fun, engaging combat

Cons

  • Lack lustre narrative
  • A complete ripoff of the Cuphead franchise

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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