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Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince Review

A delightful sequel

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on 👧

Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince is rated Everyone by the ESRB

I love when long-awaited sequels to indie treasures release and Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince certainly doesn't disappoint.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻

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I should quit my adventure to open a local fish and chips stand

Tell us a story, grandpa

Just like in its predecessor, Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince's story is told by the grandpa of Lily and Chrys. Even almost 5 years later, I still love this premise as it makes for a highly imaginative and adorable adventure. One of the highlights is when the grandfather gives the kids a choice of what will happen next and it actually affects the gameplay in interesting ways. For example, the kids argue over which kind of enemy they'll face or which type of puzzle to solve next. Once, I chose to solve a block-pushing puzzle instead of a Simon says-type mini-game and soon regretted my decision. Oops! Moments like these really make this game shine. v1d30chumz 44-212-99-248

Lily's back in a new adventure

For the unfamiliar, Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince is an old-school Zelda-like adventure game where you traverse a grid-based world while occasionally mastering dungeons that boast unique gameplay mechanics, fun puzzles, and a variety of tricky foes to defeat. You can do so in various ways whether you prefer using your sword with its nifty circular attack or tools such as a bow or bombs. Personally, I find chucking bombs to be quite fun even if it is a little dangerous. Whether you're delivering packages to locals, taking on a goofy boss, or unlocking fast-travel points via hot air balloons; there's a lot to see and do and you'll have a ton of fun in the process. 😊

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Up and away in my beautiful balloon

Dungeon fun

As I mentioned, the dungeons are full of interesting variety and they're much larger than I thought they would be. In fact, many of the dungeons open up in ingenious ways halfway through which makes progressing through them all the more rewarding. With that in mind, there were a few moments when I was stuck due to some oversight on my behalf and I wish that there was a hint system or some sort of way to smooth out these moments. To illustrate, I assumed some doors were locked and didn't realise I could use my lamp on them to set them on fire. Another time, I didn't think you could walk on shallow water as I previously kept falling in similar parts. You could blame me for not realising these mechanics were in place but if there were visual clues as to what to do, I wouldn't have been stumped. 😅

Boss bouts with a pinch of silliness

Another aspect of Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince that's just as fun (if not, more so) as in the original, it's the selection of boss fights where you can mash attack or use appropriate weapons whenever you have a chance. Most of the bosses incorporate nifty phases as well that'll have you scrambling to accomplish tasks such as flipping switches so the boss will emerge. Because of these additional mechanics, boss fights end up being thoroughly involving and many of them are impressively challenging despite the general easygoing nature of this series. I also love the fact that bosses are often silly and beating them results in humorous scenes and dialogue. 🤭

Gadgets aplenty

There are so many items to collect and unlock throughout your adventure in Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince that it's awesome. Whether you acquire floaties that let you swim, an empty jar to store craftable potions, or a fishing rod which allows you to sell your catches at a local shop; every inch of progress results in opening up the gameplay in new and exciting ways. Also, there are oodles of secrets to discover by doing things like bombing cracked walls and completing side-quests that may reward you with heart or magic fragments so there's a lot to keep an eye out for. However, even with all of these fun gadgets and secrets, I can't help but feel like Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince could have done more to differentiate itself from the first game as well as similar indie titles. 🐟

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I think those pirates are whispering about me again

Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince is a superb sequel to an indie darling that begged for a follow-up. Needless to say, I'm glad that Lily and Chrys' grandpa still has plenty of imaginative tales to tell. 👴

  • + Wonderful Zelda-like gameplay that makes progress rewarding
  • + Adorable premise and game world
  • + Loads of secrets and fun gadgets
  • - Doesn't do much to differentiate itself from its predecessor or similar games
  • - I wish there was a hint system for whenever you happen to get stuck
8.0 out of 10
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