STAFF REVIEW of Morkredd (Xbox One)

Thursday, February 4, 2021.
by Heather Webster

Morkredd Box art When I first chose Morkredd for my latest review I did not fully know just what I was getting myself (and incidentally my wife) into! When you first start out, you have the choice of single or two player co-op. I strongly suggest you find someone in your home (or your best COVID-19 buddy who is in your bubble) to come over and play this game with you as I found it virtually impossible to play solo without constantly becoming frustrated.

When you start your game, you are introduced to The Orb of Light. "The Orb gives Light, the Orb gives Life!" describes Morkredd perfectly, for if you find yourself in the shadows, even for a few moments, you are dead and start over from your last checkpoint. Morkredd is super difficult, challenging and requires a TON of concentration, as well as the attention to ensure you do not end up in the shadows and dead, having to start all over again. If you are looking for a casual game to relax to, I have to forewarn you, this is not the game you are looking for.

Morkredd has no explanations in terms of what and why is happening throughout your journey in the beginning. Two shadow figures (one male, one female) and the Orb are what you start the game with. In the first section the Orb flies and guides you through the darkness until you reach a checkpoint where the Orb stops floating and becomes a large ball of light. You, and your teammate must push and maneuver the Orb though the maze-like corridors while making sure not to trap either one of you in the shadows for a swift death, but this is going to happen quite frequently.

Once you get a good understanding of the two buttons needed to operate the characters to interact with objects and push the Orb around, Morkredd's next biggest challenge is getting the communication and coordination with your friend to complete the levels. Hit the pause button and it will tell you how much percentage of the game you have completed, giving you a rough idea of how much remaining gameplay you have, but of course it becomes much more challenging the further you progress. You may also want to strategize on what your next step(s) are at this time too.

To this point, it seems that are really no opportunities where you would have much to battle in this game, but I found the inclusion of some shadow enemies that, if given the chance to get close to the Orb, will pop it and you will regenerate at your last checkpoint, which of course means you must start all over again from that point. There is a way to kill these enemies though, By putting them in your shadow that the Orb produces, just as it would kill you.

I love that Morkredd kind of forces you to have a second player, because my wife and I found this game quite a challenge. A bonus aspect is that we found it to be a bit of a team building and communication tool to help us not only in game, but also a little bit in real life aspects as a way of giving us practice in communicating to achieve a goal together in a way that we may not have thought about before playing Morkredd. Who knew that a simple game could even be referenced as a real life tool?

You hear me rambling how much fun the game is with another person; however, I found it rather disappointing to to discover no online co-op was included, as I really wished I could play this game in an online multiplayer mode. Given how the fun the couch co-op mode is, online play with another person seems to be a missed opportunity. When I tried to play this game on my own, I found it so difficult to control both figures simultaneously that I think I made it to 5% completion before I begged my wife to play the game some more with me out of frustration.

Overall I found Morkredd to be super enjoyable and fun to play, especially as a game for an opportunity have a stay at home gaming and dinner night with the spouse. For those that like a serious challenge of a punishing game experience, try Morkredd solo. Sometimes a great challenge is just what might be needed to help give you a bit of a break from the normal gaming routing, or just something different from what you always play. Just remember to always stay in the light.

** Morkredd was reviewed on an Xbox One S **

I would think it would be a great inclusion to be able to play online with my friends.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10


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