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Video GameThe Vale: Shadow of the Crown Review
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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 13 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Vale: Shadow of the Crown is an audio-based role-play adventure where you play Alex, a blind princess. After your brother takes his place as king, you are made warden of a small castle on the outskirts of the kingdom. Without sight from birth and sheltered for much of your childhood, you want a chance for adventure. On the way to the castle, your convoy is attacked. You find yourself alone in hostile lands and must search out supplies and find allies if you are to survive the long journey home.

Play involves exploring the world using only sound to guide you. You use the spatial audio of the world to make your way around, meet people, fight enemies and slowly learn new abilities. The game is fully voiced and offers an impressive sound stage. Combat and exploration is intuitive and in real-time.

As you progress you collect gold to customise your character's equipment, play-style, magic abilities as well as choose companions and quests. Quests involve exploring villages, searching for lost items in dungeons and hunting animals.

The result is an emotionally engaging narrative with impressive performances. What starts as a quest to get home, soon grows into a dark and winding mystery. You enter a valley known simply as “The Vale” and discover the land's long-forgotten secrets and startling truths about your family’s past.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Narrative and Open World)

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Falling Squirrel (@FallingSquirrel)




Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 Mild Violence, Implied Violence, Fear.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


The Vale: Shadow of the Crown usually costs £16.74.

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

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