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Game of the Month June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
June saw the release of some unique RPGs like the crossover strategy-RPG Pokémon Conquest and Gungnir by the always quirky Sting. While these RPGs have some traits that qualify them for Game of the Month status, they've garnered mixed feelings. This is why instead of an RPG people hemmed and hawed about, we chose to honor an excellent graphic adventure with Game of the Month status.

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is a classic style point-and-click adventure based on The Dark Eye – the most popular tabletop RPG series in Germany. The Dark Eye is to Germany what Dungeons & Dragons is to the United States. As such, the game boasts stellar production values including 100% hand drawn and hand animated artwork. Minor details such as trees swaying in the background are rendered with a painstaking level of care and finesse.

The game is more than just a pretty face, though. It also follows the compelling story of Geron – an unfortunately doomed boy with the latent power to destroy things who is hated by everyone in his village. This festering cynic's journey crosses paths with a childlike fairy named Nuri who possesses the ability to restore things. It seems the two could learn quite a bit from each other on their joint quest to bring Nuri back to her people before greedy clutches grab a hold of her.

The yin-yang powers of Geron and Nuri are important when solving the various puzzles in the game, allowing the story and gameplay to logically coalesce. The puzzles themselves are challenging without being obtuse and will satisfy any adventurer who craves lateral thinking.

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is an excellent graphic adventure with a compelling story, solid gameplay, a uniquely atmospheric world, astonishing graphics, and a good soundtrack. There is no reason why such a stellar example of the genre should not be our Game of the Month.

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Explore All RPGFan Games of the Month
November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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