The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a delightfully strange game with equal parts joy and frustration. The game is a wonderful joy to play and you can easily get lost for hours in it to start with but the story scenes and repetitiveness soon creep in to spoil the fun.
The story of the game is fun, quirky and flows really well. At some points, I’m not even sure who I am rooting for since the character of Chelka is so much fun I actually want her to succeed in her diabolical plans that seem to be built in nothing but impulse.
The problem comes in how the story unfolds. Each break for the story is often around 25 mins long which whilst the story is good I found myself getting bored and wanting to get back into the action.
The action itself is great and the control system works perfectly. At first impression, it looks like you are just running through forests and castles hack and slashing everything in your path but it isn’t till you factor in the Giga Calories system that you realise how tactical not just combat but planning your run through a forest becomes. Crafting adds a nice touch to improve your favourite weapons to really hone that sweet combo and keep your Giga Calories topped up.
On top of all this, you have to take into account the facets of Hundred Knight too. Do you go for power, balance or range damage? Each one affects your base stats and then you need to equip the right weapons to compliment the facet as well. A simple thing like the wrong facet could be the difference in defeating a boss or not.
The right weapon, the right skills equipped and levelled up and discerning the bosses move pattern are all essential to progress. It is just a shame the 25 mins story scenes take you out of the game. Throw on top of this that gameplay can become repetitive and suddenly the game begins to fall apart.
Sometimes it feels that the only difference between levels is, in fact, the backdrop. The variety of monsters changes with each level and some force you to change up your tactics but unfortunately most can be dealt with by simply charging and slashing.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a great little game but repetitive gameplay and overly long story sections, unfortunately, break up the experience and leave a lasting, damaging effect on the game.
Overall Score – 6/10