Tallowmere (Series) Review
Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
At the behest of the mysterious Lady Tallowmere, you explore the varied dungeons and fight all manner of enemies using your limited arsenal of weapons; a shield, axe and bow and arrow. As you progress you can use coins you collect from your victories to purchase new gear, power-ups and tools from merchants. You'll also encounter kittens, which you can rescue or sacrifice for a boost.
Unlike other platform games, you can jump in mid-air as many times as you like enabling you to almost fly. At the same time, though, you must use your shield to block incoming attacks and return fire to kill your opponents in an explosion of blood and loot. Other intricacies extend your controls, like holding up the shield offering a small jump when required.
Strategy and practice with each enemy type help you defeat them and ensure minimal damage. Each section of the dungeon is progressively harder, so alongside regular enemies, you'll encounter bosses that will put your skills to the test. Once you die you are sent back to the beginning and must try again to better your previous run.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play with 3 friends on local split-screen mode, which plays similarly but with the ability to revive teammates. This isn't available on mobile versions.
Rated PEGI 16 for Strong violence.
Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Gore and Violence.
Listed as mature content on Steam for Pixelated fantasy violence, blood, gore, decapitation, dismemberment, and animal cruelty.
Rated 12+ on the Apple App store for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence and Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor.
Because the game isn't voice acted, you'll need to read the dialogue and instructions. Some of the instructions are quite small and easy to miss, but the subtitles for voices are clearly presented in a speech bubble and contrast the background colour.
There is full native gamepad support, and can be played using either the 4 way D-pad to move or one of the sticks, so you don't need to use the sticks to play at all, but some may find it easier. you can also play with just the keyboard, using the arrow keys to move around. You can easily remap the buttons by pressing the escape key while playing.
Lots of the game is bark brown or grey, making it at times quite difficult to identify certain sections of the game, like traders or enemies.
Most events have an accompanying sound effect, making them more easily identifiable.
Our Tallowmere Accessibilty Review details 17 accessibility features:
DifficultyCognitive Pressure: Save Anytime
Assistance: View Control Mapping
ReadingReading Level: Moderate Reading
Subtitles: Large Clear Subtitles
Subtitles: Any spoken content has subtitles
Captions: Speaker Indicator
ControlsGamepad: Multiple Buttons & Single Stick
Mouse And Keyboard: Keyboard Alone
Touchscreen: Two Motions Targeted
Motion: Motion Controls Not Required
Remap Controls: Remap Buttons
Remap Controls: Remap Mouse and Keyboard
ImageAudio Cues for Visual Events: Audio Cues for Visual Events
Violence: Turn Off Blood
Violence: Turn Off Dismemberment
AudioPlay Without Hearing: Play Without Hearing
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