Cross of the Dutchman is based on the true story of Pier Gerlofs Donia, a legend in the medieval province of Frisna in Western Europe. When his land is threatened by invading Saxon troops, Pier takes the lead on gathering a small force to back them out of their land.
Originally classified as an RPG, this new release from Triangle Studios has been re-labeled as action/ adventure. There are very light RPG elements- leveling up a limited number of health, stamina, and attack options and stats using gold collected in the game. Dialogue with other characters you encounter gives a basic story in between missions and combat. The mini map identifies the direction of your next objective, as well as enemy locations and direction. Gameplay is very straight forward- you attack with your fists or your sword, and each attack style has a “boosted” style that is part of your RPG decision making.
My feelings about this game are conflicted, so I will just list the pros and cons and let you decide!
- Gorgeous colorful graphics
- Likeable characters
- Artistic cut-scenes
- Straightforward combat/easy to learn system
- Useful mini-map
- Low price
- Nice soundtrack and sound effects
- Good for achievement-hunters
- Very short game (estimated 4-8 hours depending on your style)- probably not much replay value
- Attack direction is often difficult to get right- end up punching or swinging at air a lot
- Stealth mode sections can be incredibly frustrating, especially when the save point is several minutes back
- Some lag experienced during character dialogue and one fight
- Little depth to the characters or story
- Not too many areas- spend a lot of time running back and forth between already-explored areas
I think this game has a lot of potential, but as it stands, it doesn’t contain much depth. I’d like to see the attack issue cleared up. I saw others on the forums mentioning this issue as well, so maybe this developer, who has been very kind and receptive to reviews and comments, will find a way to get that fixed. However, for the price and despite its limitations, this game is worth picking up to have some casual fighting fun.
Tl;dr – Cross of the Dutchman is an action adventure game with light RPG elements that is worth checking out for its colorful graphics and simple play style. The game is light on story line and character development, but fans of medieval history should pick up this casual based-on-a-true-story game.
Rating – 7.5/10