Christopher Columbus. Now there’s a fella who needs no further introduction, right? Well, if you believe the history books, then no. Red Zero Games, the developer behind Here Be Dragons, seems to be of a different opinion, however. One detailing how history skipped a little something when it comes to the events revolving around this fella’s discovery of the new world. A little something about, oh I don’t know, the Leviathan?
Whether they’re right or not, we shall never know. But eh, video games, ya know? That said, I suspect madness shall be your strongest weapon on this uncanny journey. See, when dealing with otherworldly and/or legendary creatures like leviathans, krakens, predatory whales and lustful mermaids, being right in your head is likely to be the source of mistakes. Costly mistakes. Mistakes that will forever change history. Or something along those lines. Basically, have faith in the power of madness.
Sniff at pirates. Ignore the settlers. You are above them. You are a monster hunter traversing through the aqua incognita. Who cares if you are insane?
Oh, and you may want to cross your fingers while praying to whatever deity you believe in for luck, as everything from attacks to healing and upgrades is determined by the toss of a die. Perhaps this is why everyone’s lost their damn minds? Actually, more likely, the insanity stems from the things they’ve seen and done as well as the fact that… well, there’s no guarantee that they’ll come back in one piece. Or multiple. Or at all. On top of all that, navigation is handled by way of a ‘living map’, and… uh, no one will remember the deeds of this crew, thanks to “some bloody officials”. But hey, go Columbus! Right? RIGHT?! Yeah. Right. Columbus.
On a more serious note, Here Be Dragons seems to provide an enjoyable, satirical, and best of all, absolutely ridiculous experience. Ah, makes me wish more games would mess with historical events in a similar way.