Many seasons ago, Ivern wasn’t a father nor was he green. His presence caused fear and yet it still does. According to legend, there is an entity that protects the forests in all of their flora and fauna. He isn’t often seen but his presence can always be felt. Those that commune with wildlife have nothing to worry about and much to learn from his gentle disposition. Those that trample over the natural order will find that he is much more than a lone rumour. Ivern, the Green Father watches over all life and we are only asked to respect its cycle and bloom.
|Concept:||Ivern as a merry monarch of confectionery and Daisy as a cupcake golem.|
|Model:||New model for Ivern and Daisy.|
|Particles:||New particles for his abilities, auto-attack, recall, joke, taunt and death.|
|Animations:||New recall animation.|
|Sounds:||New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall plus new confectionery-inspired quotes.|
|Splash Art:||In terms of setting there isn’t much to speak about. The background is peculiarly frugal in details so that besides Ivern and Daisy there’s mostly sky to see. There are a few, very diffuse, icing coated hills and a field of lollipops with a creepy reminder of an otherwise sweet and plucky yordle. At least there’s a scene with content to behold; though it’s not evident at first sight. A small army of gingerbread men assault both Ivern and Daisy with voracious intent. Ivern takes one of Daisy’s cherries in his hand and away from a gingerbread man but it’s only one target for them: Ivern’s head cream is also an objective.
With regards to the portrayals the gingerbread men can look a bit uneven but there’s enough consistency between their aspects. The angle at which we look at Ivern and Daisy doesn’t help in making the depiction clear. The lines are well defined and the colours have bright hues and effective shading which convey the confectionery look in all areas. However, there’s some blurriness which intends to display motion which isn’t very effective. Cloth can, at times, look like fitting wrapping but also like a thin, flat piece of nylon. Metal textures don’t convince either with their unpolished surfaces. It’s also worth mentioning that even if Daisy seems to have a face of outrage at the handling of her cherries her convoluted appearance isn’t very clear about her cupcake physiognomy. In fact, it’s difficult to see her as more than a mass of cream spotted with sweets and cherries. That cream also looks somewhere between jelly and plastic when dripping from the cherry on Ivern’s hand.
In the end, though Ivern’s handling of Daisy’s cherries could be considered scandalous it’s also something that ends up having little explanation. The assault of the gingerbread men seems enough of a setup for defensive manoeuvres; yet what Ivern is really up to with Daisy is better not left to the imagination. Regardless, despite the simplistic setting and empty background there’s more than a simple spotlight. Besides, textures manage to look delicious at their best even if things are uneven in general. This makes the splash art interesting and worth giving a look but not as useful at portraying an evocative scene or displaying the characters in their best light as it should.
|Conclusion:||With his candy body and cream beard Candy King Ivern accomplishes a humorous wise-king look that suits his cheerful personality. The head topped with half a donut and the left forearm made out of ice cream and cone seem fittingly whimsical yet also exaggerated. The general appearance is clear enough about the confectionery theme and those explicit additions prevent other subtler alternatives from taking place. For example, Ivern’s limbs could be made of different flavours of candy twisted together. While the candy laces of his body have different shades it’s all too measured.
Daisy looks even more bizarre as a cupcake monster but she doesn’t look bad. It’s only that the hunched body and deformed features make her look rather monstrous despite the appealing materials. Still, there’s a subtle light-heartedness in the design that prevents the look from being unappealing. While we are on the subject, her auto-attacks exhibit new candy particles and a cupcake indicator that round her presentation effectively; though the sounds seem to be unchanged.
Back to Ivern, his particles and sounds keep the comical feel associated with his Candy King persona. Contrary to what could be expected the visuals don’t rely entirely on various sweets but instead also incorporate sparkles and blue mists. Even if they aren’t a natural reflection of the theme they provide some variety to the look while retaining the lighthearted approach. Sadly, brush doesn’t transform into candy and the base of each ability is firmly untouched. The sounds rely on various high-pitched humorous sounds that resemble comedy cartoons. Given the visuals and Ivern’s characteristic temperament they manage to support the skin with a fitting and appealing aural landscape. The new recall is the cherry on top of the cake: it finishes the theme with a funny bout of voracious gluttony.
All things considered, Candy King Ivern is a skin that evidently takes advantage of the Green Father’s joyous personality. His delight for wildlife is transported into a world of confectionery which ends up being quite appealing. In spite of this, there’s the perception that the skin covers the bases and plays it safe. After all, the recall is a good example of a lively display that isn’t equated by the abilities. Each action is content with retreading the same procedure with only superficial changes. It works, but misses the opportunity of being more than a change of look; especially as there’s evidence to indicate that much more could’ve been accomplished. For that reason, Candy King Ivern is a nice and appealing skin that can reach yet misses greatness.
As a release skin, Candy King Ivern is a skin that makes the most of the Green Father’s cheerful disposition. His comical personality and devotion to wildlife is transferred to confectionery with appealing visuals and sounds. The comical approach of the skin is present in all aspects but always respecting, to a fault, the classic interpretation. This choice prevents the skin from exploiting its vivacious potential; briefly shown in the recall. It’s still a nice option that will appeal to fans of lighthearted skins; even if it doesn’t manage to be great.