Review: The Eternal Castle [Remastered] – The Cinematic Platformer Reimagined In Dazzling Style

Keep going, never stop.

The cinematic platformer genre has a distinguished and well-documented history, but considering the limitations of the hardware in the years of the genre’s biggest breakthrough titles really puts things in perspective. The way pioneering game designers such as Jordan Mechner and Eric Chahi were able to squeeze incredible results from the hardware of the day and produce memorable cinematic experiences that captured our imaginations is a true testament to the developers’ ingenuity. But unlike Karateka, Prince of Persia, Another World and Flashback, few people ever mention The Eternal Castle.

It turns out there’s a very good reason; despite what clever marketing ploys may lead you to believe, the game never existed back in 1987. Even so, from the very first time you boot the game on your Switch and are presented with a faux MS-DOS prompt changing directories, loading resources and executing “ETERNAL.EXE”, the nostalgia trap is already well set, ensnaring unsuspecting players not in a remaster but instead in a brand new cinematic platformer, which also happens to be one of the finest ever made.

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