All equipped and nowhere to loot for Halloween? Are you looking for some spooky fun? Let the pro(s) at Gaming Omnivore assist you by offering some frightfully fun travel suggestions! First option we have is…
Yearning for adventure? Book a trip to scenic Yharnam and take in the rich history and gothic architecture this picturesque city has to offer! See a real life ceremonial pyre, go sightseeing at the Grand Cathedral, or simply take in the hospitality of the locals. The scenic countryside offers beautiful vistas as well as a diverse population of creatures to make your visit particularly memorable. An extremely popular destination for the avid hunter!
The stresses of life above the waves got you down? Take a once in a lifetime trip to the underwater metropolis of Rapture! Rub shoulders with society’s elite at one of the city’s elegant lounges and nightclubs. Looking to escape the rat race and relocate? Rapture is home to numerous businesses and research facilities on the cutting edge of gene-splicing technology. If you’re looking to go where it’s better(and wetter), book a voyage to Rapture today…would you kindly?
Looking for the excitement but would prefer to stay on dry land? The midwestern town of Raccoon City offers the amenities of a big city, but retains the charm of a small town. This growing community features thriving nightlife and is also home to the decorated Raccoon City Police Department or RCPD. The area is also home to the shadowy burgeoning pharmaceutical company – Umbrella Corporation. Lost your way? Just not sure what activity to plan next? Feel free to ask any one of the city’s cordial yet persistent denizens who are always hungry to help.
Are you looking to escape the trappings of modern day life such as cell phones or radio reception? Book an excursion “away from it all” and visit the quaint town of Silent Hill. You you can stroll the charming foggy streets or visit the cafe in this tight-knit family community without the crowds found in larger cities. Care to do some exploring? Make your way out to our scenic bridges, hospitals or bring your daughter to the Lakeside Amusement Park. Don’t cancel your plans to visit this entrancing community and make some memories that will haunt last a lifetime!
As I was browsing the Steam Autumn Demo event several weeks ago, I came across the demo for Pumpkin Jack. After having a lot of fun playing the demo and fitting the overall Halloween vibe, I decided to add the game to my list of ideas for my Blogtober posts.
Pumpkin Jack is a spooky action/adventure game in which you run, jump, fight, and ride across the Kingdom of Arc en Ciel, wreaking havoc and helping evil triumph over good. The game was created by solo dev Nicolas Meyssonnier and published by Headup Games – who were extremely gracious in providing me a review code of Pumpkin Jack as I continue forward with spooky Halloween games.
The story of Pumpkin Jack begins with the Kingdom of Arc en Ciel(Rainbow Kingdom) seeing an age of prosperity and contentment. This is temporary, however, as The Devil himself grows weary of such times and casts a spell unleashing an army of monsters and pestilence across the land. In response, humanity calls upon a powerful wizard capable of sealing the Devil’s curse. Not to be bested so easily, the Devil resurrects the soul of Stingy Jack – legendary trickster and liar, containing it within an ordinary pumpkin atop a human body. Players control Pumpkin Jack as he journeys across Arc en Ciel to defeat the wizardly foe and in doing so, bring peace to his tormented soul.
What I loved most about Pumpkin Jack was the way it nails the tone, humor and atmosphere of the cartoony, 3D action/adventure games of the late 90’s/early 2000’s that I spent countless hours playing(and STILL enjoy playing). My very first thought upon seeing Pumpkin Jack in action was its resemblance to the MediEvil games, though Jack assumes an anti-hero role to Sir Daniel’s comically tragic hero. I was pretty impressed with the overall variety of gameplay contained within Pumpkin Jack. As expected, there are plenty of enemies to vanquish, platforming sections to navigate and bosses to defeat on the way to stop humanity’s wizard champion. There’s also a number of sections which are traversed by a ghostly steed, ferry, or even mine carts as well as sections only accessible by Jack’s pumpkin head after being separated from the rest of his body.
The vivid color palettes on display through the game’s six levels add a very familiar, cartoon-like vibe and the soundtrack and effects fit the tone of the game perfectly. The soundtrack manages to sound familiar in its spooky timbre and tone – very reminiscent of the Danny Elfman scores used in Tim Burton movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas or Beetlejuice.
Another of my initial impressions that stuck with me throughout Pumpkin Jack was how, despite its obvious influences from the Playstation/Nintendo 64-era, it also manages to feel quite similar to Fortnite. This makes clear sense as the game was created using Epic Games’ Unreal 4 Engine, causing much of the movement and combat of the game to feel like something of a Halloween-themed Fortnite campaign. This is not meant as a slight in any way and adds a modern feel to the generally retro flavor of the game. I could somewhat simplify my description of Pumpkin Jack and call it a combination of MediEvil and Fortnite, which is perfectly acceptable to me.
As for critiques of the game, I could think of just one – control precision. Some of the movements, jumping in particular, could be a little tighter. This would have added just a little more precision in some of the platforming areas. I don’t feel this hampered my enjoyment of the game in any significant capacity, however. I mentioned feeling a similarity to Fortnite in terms of gameplay “feel”, which I especially noticed as you have the extra split-second of mobility while mid-air. This works well for combat situations, especially after acquiring the shotgun/rifle(which also brings back the feeling of jump-shoting other players in Fortnite). There also could have been more in the way of combat moves/abilities, but this is a very minor complaint as the combat itself works very well and doesn’t end up feeling overly repetitive in the relatively brief 4-5 hours it took me to complete.
Final Verdict? Recommended? As someone who grew up playing a lot of these type of games, I really enjoyed Pumpkin Jack and it’s definitely worth checking out for fans of the MediEvil or Legacy of Kain games. Gamers who aren’t generally fans of horror games can also appreciate the game’s “colorful and spooky” rather than scary aesthetic when looking for games to play this Halloween season. The game is available now on PC, Xbox One and Switch
Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!
Note: My apologies for not getting this posted sooner as I have been away from my pc and have not had my usual access to WordPress…