Mobile games are evolving and improving. Immersive content is now being created by inexperienced developers rather than solely being created by larger companies. This improvement in the quality of mobile content is due in part to advancements in technology, but there is a more important factor involved: game engines. Game engines have become widely available to developers and have been experiencing refinement for several years. Developers like those behind Oceanhorn 2 now have more elaborate tools at their disposal than were previously available. These tools are being utilized to create remarkable mobile games.
Unreal Engine, created by Epic Games, is one such game engine. This is the engine that was utilized by Cornfox and Bros when the team developed Oceanhorn 2, a hit mobile game adventure for iOS and Android. This dungeon-crawling adventure pushes mobile devices to its limits with high-quality graphics and immersive gameplay. As you travel through the world and experience everything Oceanhorn 2 has to offer, you'll likely forget you're playing on a mobile device entirely.
The visuals of the game rival those of recent console like Nintendo's GameCube system—quite impressive for a title being released on mobile platforms. In the game, you'll fire weapons, swing a sword, use a grappling ability, and perform more actions that could only really be accomplished in a three-dimensional world.
What Is Oceanhorn 2?
Oceanhorn 2 is a sequel to the 2013 title Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas. In the original Oceanhorn title, players took control of a sword-swinging, island-traversing adventurer. They would navigate through the world with a three-quarter camera angle. This camera angle severely limited Oceanhorn's capabilities, unlike the fully three-dimensional camera featured in its successor: Oceanhorn 2.
The sequel to Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas proves that the developers listened to the criticisms that they received (which will be discussed in the next section of this article, when we thoroughly compare both titles). Players who picked up the first Oceanhorn title were expecting a Windwaker-esque seafaring adventure. What they received was a heavily limited, unpolished title that ultimately didn't have a very long lifespan. Oceanhorn 2 took that feedback and upped their game (quite literally). Oceanhorn 2 is more beautiful, smooth, and enjoyable than its predecessor. Most impressively, they pulled this off while also developing the game for a mobile platform.
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm follows a Knight of Arcadia. The story takes place on a different timeline from the first Oceanhorn title, likely a decision made to separate the developer from the first, less-than-impressive title that they released in the series. As a Knight of Arcadia, you must depart from Arne Village and explore the rest of the world and experience all that it has to offer. You'll tackle demanding puzzles, challenging enemies, mysterious dungeons, and more! You won't be forced to do this without assistance, however: Oceanhorn 2 has numerous items and tools that will aid players on their exciting journey.
As a mobile title, Oceanhorn's controls are featured on the screen. You'll have attack buttons, sliders, and more options available to you on the screen. It may be difficult to get used to this method of gameplay, particularly if you are used to a control. In addition, controlling a three-dimensional screen while using on-screen controls can be quite challenging. However, other three-dimensional games have created excellent methods of navigating the world on a mobile device, so there is no reason to believe that Oceanhorn 2 is any different.
The Different Versions Of Oceanhorn
Though it is clear that Cornfox & Bros is trying to distance itself from the original Oceanhorn title with the release of this new, upstanding product, it is still important to take a look at the differences between the two titles. Players who are wary of the title because they did not enjoy the first one or players who enjoyed the first one and are hoping for a similar experience could benefit from knowing how the two titles differ.
One of the key differences between Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas and Oceanhorn: Knights of the Lost Realm is the game engine. The first Oceanhorn title was developed by the team from the ground up using their own in-house tools. This can account for several of this issues that had during development and after release. Having learned from the mistake of taking on such a massive project as building an entire game engine, the team at Cornfox & Bros decided to switch to the Unreal Engine. This is an engine that is used to develop anything from lesser known mobile titles to massive games like Kingdom Hearts and even the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. It's perfect for laying the groundwork for a game like Oceanhorn.
The visual appearance of Oceanhorn 2 is vastly different from that of its predecessor. This is not just a reference to its camera angle, however—that will be discussed in its own category. The entire art style of Oceanhorn has been reworked. Rather than being dull, flat, and rough around the edges like Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas, players will find that the world of Oceanhorn is smooth, beautiful, and engaging. Unreal Engine's remarkable lighting system aids in bringing the models and textures created by Cornfox & Bros to life. While the original Oceanhorn title featured flat landscapes and heavily limited movement, this sequel will allow players to see a beautiful world in all three dimensions.
One of the most criticized aspects of Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas was its shoddy, poorly designed camera. Three-quarter angle cameras are typically used to either save on processing power or to allow for a three-dimensional appearance on a system that only permits two-dimensional content. Since neither of these factors were necessary for the first Oceanhorn title, the inclusion of a three-quarter angle camera was just an artistic decision that fell flat on its face. Oceanhorn seeks to correct this issue with a fully three-dimensional camera system.
Cornfox & Bros worked especially hard on building the world of Oceanhorn. This title is remarkably beautiful, with well-crafted models, perfectly painted textures, and more features that are bound to dazzle and amaze viewers. Thankfully, Cornfox & Bros decided to show off their stunning new world with a fully controllable camera system. Rather than being locked into an unflattering perspective, the camera of Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm can be rotated and controlled to the player's contentment. This will certainly come in handy when the player is aiming a gun, grappling hook, or bomb.
Simple Ways to Win at Oceanhorn 2
Master The Controls
This may seem like a fairly simple and even obtuse suggestion, but the controls of Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm really will take quite a bit of time to become familiar. Most players of console games will be accustomed to using controls that feature physical buttons and joycons. Players of mobile titles will be accustomed to controlling characters with a finger-tracing mechanic or simply interacting with interfaces that do not involve character control. You'll want to take some time to get used to the control scheme for Oceanhorn before you try to take on its toughest challenges.
Learn From Similar Games
Oceanhorn is strongly derivative of titles like The Legend of Zelda, particularly the Windwaker installment. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, of course—in fact, many gamers crave titles that are similar to some of their favorites, but with added twists. If you've played adventure games like The Legend of Zelda, you'll be able to carry your techniques and knowledge with you as you try to master Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm.
Play Oceanhorn - Monster Of Uncharted Seas
It is undebatable that the developers have dramatically changed the game; Oceanhorn 2 is far from its predecessor. That being said, two things have remained the same: the title and the developer. While Oceanhorn 2 will be vastly different from the first installment in the series, you can expect that there will be similarities between the two titles. If you have the time and money, pick up the first Oceanhorn game and play through it. You'll learn a lot about the world of Oceanhorn and about the way that the developers of the games like to think.
Cornfox & Bros has outdone itself with its new title: Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm. This gorgeous game is certain to win the hearts of many gamers of all ages. The game development study has done an excellent job of separating itself from the poorly received predecessor to this title. Whether you played Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas and loved it, played it and hated it, or never played it at all, Oceanhorn is worth picking up and trying out. Give it a chance and you might discover that you've just found one of your favorite mobile games of all time.