Top 10 most beautiful games with hand-drawn graphics
• In a world full of HDTVs and hyper-realistic graphics, it's easy to forget that some of the best video games in the industry don't rely on photorealistic design, but original art style.
• We have compiled for you the top 10 most beautiful games for PC and consoles, the designers of which drew everything by hand (or on a tablet), and then transferred it to digital form. All members of the list are in random order.
10. Child of Light
• The fabulously beautiful watercolor animation of this game allows you to completely immerse yourself in the problems and wonders of the magical world of Lemuria for several hours. Another interesting feature of this game is the poetic form of all dialogues.
• The main character of Child of Light is the girl Aurora, who must save Lemuria from the evil Queen Umbra. The game has a corporate mode, so you can go on an adventure together, in this case one player will play for Aurora, and the second – for a firefly who will help the heroine in battle.
9. Odin Sphere
• Vanillaware is a video game developer who has taken hand-drawn art style to perfection, and the XNUMXD mystical adventure Odin Sphere is a prime example of this.
• In the game, you need to gather a group of adventurers and defeat numerous enemies in order to save the magical kingdom. The script and world design are inspired by Norse mythology, the works of William Shakespeare, fairy tales, and early video games such as 1997's Princess Crown.
• The bright colors and wide eyes of the characters are the highlights of the Odin Sphere design. Even the enemies and bosses look like characters straight out of the manga.
8. The Banner Saga Series
• Inspired by Norse mythology, and enhanced with visuals worthy of Ralph Bakshi's cartoons, this game series is the perfect marriage of storytelling and visuals.
• Under the control of the player is a detachment of warriors who must complete a certain task at a certain point in the game world. On the way to the goal, various incidents will often occur with the detachment, and the player will need to make decisions that affect the further development of events.
• One of the most beautiful hand-drawn games ever, it features an easy-to-learn yet hard-to-follow style that keeps players coming back for more. Hollow Knight is very beginner friendly, but will not allow you to subjugate everything that happens in the game without proper practice.
• In addition to the addictive gameplay, it also has an art style worthy of the works of Tim Burton.
• Don't be fooled by the fun cartoonish style, Cuphead will put even seasoned players on its animated floor. Its main character lost in a dispute with the devil, and in order to return the favor, he fights with various bosses (fortunately, with an infinite number of attempts).
• The design of the game is inspired by 1930s cartoons. Even the animation technique of Cuphead is the same as that used in animation in the 30s of the last century. With one exception: Cuphead's gameplay is 60 frames per second, while the old cartoons were 24 frames per second.
• Cuphead is a very atmospheric project, but its brutal complexity is intimidating. Players may appreciate the graphics, but they won't like it if they can't get past the first location. You can? Well, good luck!
5. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
• One of the most unusual 2D games on PC and Xbox 360 was created by the studio of Canadian cartoonist Michel Gagne. This arcade game is distinguished not only by its amazing visuals, but also by the complete absence of dialogues and speech. The whole plot is revealed with the help of rollers.
• In addition to destroying enemies, the player will have to collect puzzles and look for numerous bonuses hidden in the "branches" of locations.
• Another beautiful 4D game from Vanillaware studio. This action/RPG for PS3, PSXNUMX and PS Vita consoles is a mixture of traditional fantasy themes, characters and imagery.
• Every frame, every cutscene, every character, monster, or idle animation looks like something from the Dungeon Master's Guide brought to life. Paying homage to Conan the Barbarian and many other famous fantasy sagas, the developers have definitely created this game with love.
3 Jotun: Valhalla Edition
• This hand-drawn action game deserves to be looked at at least once.
• You have to play for the harsh Torah, who died ingloriously, and now, by her actions in the afterlife, she must prove to the gods that she is ready to feast in Valhalla, along with other warriors. Jotun's mythical themes are worthy of the iconic God of War, and its gorgeous hand-drawn animation is on par with Samurai Jack.
• One of the games that is almost pure fan service. Is it bad? In this case, no. On the contrary, the XNUMXD fighting game, based on the work of illustrator Alex Ahad, has insanely creative art and animation that makes it unforgettable.
1. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
• This platform game is the continuation of the Wonderboy series of adventure games. With its fun cartoonish style and versatile gameplay, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom received positive reviews from both gamers and critics. Already in the first 7 days of its existence, the game sold 50 copies.
• An interesting ability of the protagonist is the ability to transform into one of 6 forms of animals (you can switch between them at any time). Add to this an interesting storyline, unique weapon and armor abilities that can be further improved, and you will understand why Monster Boy received high ratings on various platforms on Metacritic (minimum – 85/100).