A simple but classy 'run and jump' platform game. Platform game fans will most likely enjoy, while others may not.
Samhein is an enjoyably simple but effectively made run and jump platform game. Basically it is about a guy, who has been accused of being possessed by an evil spirit and some druids want to burn him at the stake. He escapes and the gameplay goes from there. Whether or not, you decide to follow the storyline is completely up to you: it doesn’t affect the gameplay whatsoever.
Graphically and animation-wise the game is simple and a little on the cutesy side but classy nonetheless, with just enough detail drawn into the foreground, background and sprites to make the game enjoyable. It has about the standard of graphics that you would expect from a Super Nintendo, which is a good thing.
The sound, as with the graphics, is also simple. The game contains no soundtrack – just a variety of short sound effects, depending on the situation. They are the sort of sound effects you would expect from a Mario game and can be quite comical in places but in general, they suit the game just fine.
The gameplay, as with all other elements in the game, is simple but has just enough to make it enjoyable for the player. It does not try to be overly complex – you run around, jumping from platform to platform, killing enemies, either with a knife or a power-up that you collect, opening up crates and collecting coins. The level design is solid, if not overly creative and the difficulty level seems to gradually get more difficult as the levels move along. Everything you need to know about the gameplay you will most likely learn within the first level, hence the learning curve is relatively easy. All of this adds up to a relaxing experience that is a nice diversion from some of the more intense games you might come across in the freeware community.
This game won’t get points for originality but what it will get points for is that fact that it is simple and its simplicity works perfectly. It does not try to hide what it is: it is a simple run and jump platform game – if you like these types of games, then there is no reason why you won’t like this one. If you don’t, then you may not like this. I would personally recommend it (possibly not as highly as some but you could do an awful lot worse).