In Ary and the Secret of Seasons, you wield the power of different seasons to solve puzzles, fight monsters and presumably, save the world. It’s a colourful adventure with a lot more depth to its story and characters than I had originally assumed and after playing through the opening hours and dungeon, and weirdly, the final dungeon, I’m sure this is a game fans of the Zelda series needs to keep their eyes on.
At the beginning of the game, you learn that Ary has recently lost her brother. Although no body was ever found, he is presumed dead by most — except Ary. Her father and brother served as keepers of the winter crystal. A literal crystallised body of ice that wielders are able to use to control the season with. Ary’s village lives in a constant state of ice-age and they like it that way. Similarly, keepers of the other season live in summer, autumn and spring and it seems that is the way the world is designed to be.
Through the games opening cutscene and moments of gameplay, it’s very easy to like Ary. She takes inspirations from many Disney heroines and she’s full of hope, brave in the face of danger and a fantastic lead for an adventure game.
Ary cuts her hair and steals her brothers’ clothes early in the game after discovering a letter from the other crystal keepers calling for a meeting in the face of red meteorites that are interrupting the magical abilities of the seasons. It sounds like a lot but in the context of things, it’s pretty simple. Red crystal are bad, we don’t know where they’re coming from — time to put a stop to this.