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Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan

For: iPad

What lies beneath

Product: Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan | Publisher: bitSmith Games | Format: iPad | Genre: Action, RPG | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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What, you may ask, is the Shroud of Morrigan? We're still not sure. Irish developer bitSmith Games claims its action-RPG combines celtic mythology with a steampunk aesthetic, but really it's just an inscrutable exercise in the bizarre.

Don't take that as a criticism, though. The story of Ku's quest to retrieve a magical ring - the source of power to a quaint village adrift on an island in the clouds - may be a baffling wisp of a thing, but its strangeness is part of its charm.

Strange days

Certainly, Ku: Shroud of Morrigan scores big on atmosphere, proving surreal at times and downright unsettling at others as young Ku explores sprawling caverns alive with flora and fauna, both bloodthirsty and benign.

Adding to the game's uniqueness is a stiffly animated, paper cut-out-style aesthetic, and woozy, minimalist musical score that brings to mind the early glories of children's TV when Noggin the Nog and its ilk terrified as much as they entertained.

Lifting the veil

It's an odd game, then, with its curious creatures and off-kilter characters, but beneath the surface, Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan is a fairly traditional adventure game. Exploration is limited to solving basic environmental puzzles and navigating barren maps, while combat - such as it is - merely requires fevered tapping and the occasional somersault to bring beasts to task.

Certainly, in basic terms, it's a mere slip of a game, lasting only a handful of hours before its simplistic wandering draws to a close.

Trials and tribulations

There are other issues, too - almost all revolving around awkward, sometimes unresponsive touch controls. The tap-to-move setup, for instance, struggles against poor pathfinding that frequently causes Ku to become entangled in scenery, while key puzzle items and characters fail to respond at critical moments.

Elsewhere, fighting is devoid of strategy and sprawling stages are in dire need of signposting.

But despite these frustrations, there's something hypnotic about Ku: Shroud of Morrigan - its strange, claustrophobic ambience making for a distinct, idiosyncratic game. It might be brief, insubstantial, and occasionally broken, but Ku's journey is a fascinating one all the same.
Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan
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Matt Wales | 17 January 2013
A lightweight action-RPG that makes up for its design and technical shortcomings with a weird, woozy, and strangely captivating style
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@PaddyBass | 11:17 - 17 January 2013
Great little review. I absolutely love this game but yeah, there are some technical issues although from talking to the team they've assured me that they are currently working to support the game post release and work out the kinks on the technical side of things! :)
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Paul Conway | 11:15 - 17 January 2013
Hey, one of the devs here. We're working hard at addressing some of the technical issues mentioned, such as getting stuck in objects and more responsive controls. Check out our twitter feed for patch info - @bitSmithGames

Cheers for the review!