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Candleman Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney and @GeekDadGamer.


Candleman is a running and jumping game. You play as a tiny candle in the dark lighting their way through a dark and foreboding environment. It's unusual because your candle only last for 10 seconds, after which it's dark and really hard to navigate so you must find other candles to light and extend your range so you can collect objects and navigate obstacles to the end.

Candleman's main gameplay is to navigate the ship and lighthouse which, because of your diminutive size and the fact it is almost completely dark, is full of danger. You use light to both see your way through the dark rooms, and to light non-sentient candles. If you run out of light force you fail the level and must start again. Also, you can easily fall and have to start again if you try to navigate areas in the dark. Sometimes there are lights in the room, other times it is pitch dark or the lights only appear fleetingly.

The game has a beautiful aesthetic that uses light in interesting ways to make a dynamic play environment. Some may find the simple story and relatively straight forward levels to be a negative, but for younger or new gamers this fits really well. Maybe not suitable for those afraid of the dark, but a good first step for children expressing an interest in playing Horror games, but are not yet old enough to do so.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/02/2017

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Candleman Games (@CandlemanGames)

Players: 1



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Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. The game contains an eerie level which features scary ghosts that try to defeat you. The appearance of the ghosts is disturbing enough to trigger a PEGI 7 fear descriptor. The ending of the game is quite severe and involves suicide.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children may find the dark environment and ghosts scary, but those that relish the mild peril it can work well. You need to be willing to explore and fail and try again.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Candleman Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@CandlemanGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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