What a superb game is Ikenfell, I really love the story of this one. Between 10-20h for completion depending on the accessibility features for the battle system you decide to use. It has no missable achievements.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: ~10h with victory mode one, without it I would guess it is around 20h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10 with Victory mode on, 6/10 without victory mode
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: Yes, I used the following 3: Gem locations , Hidden achievements guide , Gwenora’s locations
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
What a superb game! I really loved this puzzle RPG game. The storytelling in Ikenfell starts off a bit cringy but gets better very soon into the game. You play as Maritta who is searching for her sister that didn’t come home for the summer from Ikenfall, her magic school. Here you’ll enter a world that is very unknown for Maritta, but the characters you meet will also feel on edge because there is something weird going on in the magic world. I love how every party member has their own story and characteristics, which plays a big part in the story. They are not generic party members at all.
Another thing I love about this game is the accessibility of the battle system. The game has a turn-based tactics battle system with timing elements. You have the option to turn off the timing elements in the options menu in case you don’t like that. You also have the option to turn on “victory mode” that way you get the option to win the battle as soon as it is the turn of one of your characters. I played with this mode on, which makes the game a whole lot easier, but I did it because I wasn’t a fan of the battle system. There was nothing wrong with it but I just didn’t like it and this way I had the option to play through this fantastic game without being annoyed with the battle system.
Ikenfell has some great music. Some can be found on Spotify. During one cutscene there was playing an amazing song and I used “Shazam” on my phone to check which song it is and I was so happy to find the song on Spotify. “Yearn To Bloom – Aeldra’s theme”. Have been playing it while writing this review, I just love it,
The game has no missable achievements, after finishing the last boss you can go back to your save just before the last boss. I would even suggest waiting with the final boss and first complete the sidequests. The ending is wonderful but long, and going through it a second time for a minor change at the ending might not be worth it. There are a lot of gems you have to find in the game, those are hidden. There is a great guide here on steam (linked above) which you can use while playing through the game. I did it afterward and only needed an hour to mop them up, which wasn’t so bad, and that way you can play carefree through the game. It took me around 10h to complete the game with victory mode on.
Happy Ray Games
This review for Ikenfell was written on 15 June 2021, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 27 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.