Publisher Playtonic Friends and developer Castle Pixel have revealed the announcement trailer for Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince, coming to Nintendo Switch and PC in 2022. This is the follow-up to Castle Pixel’s 2017 title Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, an extremely blatant riff on top-down The Legend of Zelda that was published by FDG Entertainment. This game aims to deliver more of the same style of gameplay, in addition to retaining the framing device of having a story within a story. Sometimes, your input as the player will affect how the story is told, perhaps resulting in different boss fights, for example.
Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince sees the return of protagonist Lily, even though the game is set hundreds of years after the original (a very Zelda situation), and after accidentally helping the Minotaur King return, Lily must defeat him and rescue her brother. The adventure is expected to last 15+ hours and will take you to places like haunted forests and pirate shores. The Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince announcement trailer teases all of the action you’ll be experiencing on Nintendo Switch or PC.
“Our team believes in games’ power to captivate by marrying fun gameplay with memorable storytelling,” said Rob Maher, design lead at Castle Pixel. “The classic 2D games we grew on tested your skills from start to finish, and we’re also big fans of games that let you influence the story and world through choice. Blossom Tales 2 is our love letter to action RPGs of old but allows us to blend that satisfying challenge with delightful interactivity in a way that we love to play ourselves.”
Incidentally, I did play the original Blossom Tales and found it to be a much more action-heavy (and extremely derivative) take on Zelda, but with much less interesting exploration. We’ll see if the sequel can make for some meatier exploration. Meanwhile, Playtonic Friends has become the joy of the internet recently for announcing it will publish the mega-adorable, nonviolent-Zelda-ish title Lil Gator Game.