[Nintendo Switch] Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey Review
Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey from Salix Games and Hidden Trap is a Rated M for Mature narrative adventure game. Learn more in our Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey review!
Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey from Salix Games and Hidden Trap is a Rated M for Mature narrative adventure game. You’ll take on the role of Arthurian immortals Sir Lancelot Du Lac and Morgana Le Fey, who must take on a peculiar mystery set in 1888 London: the Ripper is loose on the streets! While Du Lac is very much still in a human form, that’s not the case for Fey, who is currently trapped inside a canine shell. Because reasons. You’ll be joined by Whitechapel local Mary Jane Kelly. If the name rings a bell, it’s because she’s believed to have been the last victim of Jack the Ripper.
You’re about to take on a Victorian London mystery thriller with Arthurian characters on a journey set during what is known as the Autumn of Terror when unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper was active in the impoverished district known as White Chapel. The game is fully voice acted and features the performances of Perdita Weeks as Morgana Le Fey, Gareth David-Lloyd as Sir Lancelot Du Lac, and Alexandra Roach as Mary Jane Kelly, along with other actors that are chipping in for the many other characters you’ll meet.
You’ll move characters around each location by using the left analog stick as you discover interactive icons. Once you find a point of interest, you can press the A button to, say, examine something, collect an item you can then use to solve a puzzle or talk to another character. You can switch between characters as needed by pressing the Y button. By pressing the X button, you’ll be able to open up a menu from which you can review your objectives, check out any collectables you’ve found, review character bios or information about locations or events, as well as check your journal. There’s also the option of playing this one by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode or if you’re playing on a Nintendo Switch Lite console.
What type of predicaments will you run into? As to not spoil things too much, allow me to discuss the events that take place during the game’s prologue. Du Lac and Fey have completed a mission, but Du Lac decided to give away the money they were paid to a farmer with a broken cart instead of keeping it for, you know, paying for food or for the room that they were currently using… and the payment is already overdue! It’s then that Du Lac hears screams from outside and convinces Fey to join him in hopes of being able to help someone in exchange for some coins.
When they find the individual who was screaming, they realize that there’s a dead body right in the center of the area! You will need to investigate further and give the body a closer look. Once you do, you’ll find part of a letter in one of the corpse’s hands. On top of that, his leather purse is still full of coins, which means he was not attacked during a robbery. The victim’s face has marks of a vicious attack… as does the poor man’s stomach. His stomach was not cut open with a blade. His clothes are heavily soiled, probably from experiencing great horror.
Once you’re done investigating the corpse, you’ll learn that while Du Lac and Fey can speak among themselves, only Du Lac can speak to people… and only Fey can communicate with creatures! This is how you’ll be able to talk to the horse nearby, which is needed since you do not know who or what attacked the man. Unfortunately, the horse is not very helpful since he wasn’t there when his master was murdered. You move closer to the building on the back and find a second corpse.
It’s then that Fey asks Du Lac to go and fetch a large mirror from their room since it’s something they’ll certainly need very soon. Her suspicions are confirmed when she finds a husk inside of the building… which was left behind by a demon that has grown in power and size after feeding on the two victims! When the demon is found by Fey on the second floor, it flies to attack Du Lac. It’s then that you’ll have to complete a short mini-game where you’re asked to press the A button as a marker moves over a bar of different colors. Stop the marker on the yellow area, and you’ll be able to defeat and eventually imprison the demon inside of the mirror… except that the spell that Fey conjured was actually for destroying it. So, yeah, demons are also part of the mix!
Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey is a fun point and click adventure game that sticks to most of the classic elements of the genre while adding some of the quality-of-life improvements you’d expect from a 21st-century release. The game was released on Steam, and during its transition to the Nintendo Switch, some of the graphics were adjusted for the console. Eyes look a bit off, and the detail for all of the characters has been lowered a bit. Other than that – and how the characters walk every so slowly – there’s not much else to complain about this one. Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey is out on Nintendo Switch with a $15.99 asking price.
This Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Hidden Trap.