Games Vision #4

The fourth issue of not very consistent category about games Games Vision.

World Of Horror (Crossplatform, panstasz) – roguelike game in the style of early access uh what? Text horror adventure with RPG elements? Graphically, the game resembles the ’80s, is given a choice of a 1-bit or 2-bit palette, with variations.

Controls seems strange at first, but eventually you get used to, because of the fact it roguelike to surprise and be original in every aspect. Stunning chiptune music, Japanese aesthetics of the late 80’s, inspired by the works of visual Junji Ito, strange stories in the style of Lovecraft, almost infinite replayability.
What else do you need?
Rating: 9/10

Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] (PC, Daniele Vicinanzo, Giulio Perrone, Leonard Menchiari) – a modern style game Another World, Flashback. Palette specifically reduced to CGA colors. Description of the game to start with a legend of its creation: Approximately in 1987 one of the developers of children’s Eternal Castle saw the game and remember it for a lifetime, as a result of the game did not come out, but the source was able to find and recover in 2019, releasing an improved version. However, the description on Steam contains information that is remaster bestseller in 1987, but that year a game with this name did not come out, that’s true and what’s not for you to decide.

The graphics and gameplay are clearly sharpened for nostalgia of the good old days, very often there are times when it seems that the game hung, but a fact, you just need to press a button or move the action to see what is happening on the screen. This trick gives rise to a feeling of embarrassment and loss of control, which is often used in older games, what to reject completely modern.
Rating: 8/10

Death & Taxes (PC, Placeholder Gameworks) – Have you ever dreamed to work as a judge and executioner at the same face? Love the long black robes, scythes, crunching his knuckles? Then this is the perfect game for you because “It is impossible to avoid the only two things – death and taxes.”

This is a unique simulator of the angel of death, will choose who should live and who will die. In addition to the killings, or gifts of life, you can read news feeds to your smartphone, see how choices affect peace on earth. You also need to communicate with supervisor named Fate, buy items, and all utensils for the table, for example, I bought a brutal cactus. Do not forget to talk to the mirror, very exciting. Among the few drawbacks is worth noting the overall intimacy of what is happening within a few days of playing the game becomes a bit monotonous.
Rating: 8/10

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Games Vision #3

[English translation may be some day]
Третий выпуск непостоянной рубрики об играх Games Vision.

Observer (ПК и консоли, Bloober Team) – киберпанк-хоррор от доблестных поляков. Короткий и очень атмосферный ужастик с Рутгером Хауэром в главной роли. Мне, как фанату киберпанка, в игре понравилось абсолютно все. Не очень сложные загадки, очаровательные глюки главного героя, геймплей со спокойными моментами в перемешку с экшеном, возможность в буквальном смысле копаться в воспоминаниях мертвых, сюжет в стиле Призрака в Доспехах + множество отсылок к Sci-Fi попкультуре. Из минусов – перебор с гличами, иногда кажется что из-за их обилия невозможно играть, также некоторых игроков выводили из себя специфические хоррор элементы, пугающие настолько что они не могли продолжать играть.
Оценка: 8/10

Paradigm (Windows/OS X, Jacob Janerka) – квест который умудряется пародировать и смеяться над всем и сразу. Здесь есть высмеивание СССР, Америки, жанра квестов, глэм-рока, старых приставок, людей, памятников, айтишников, конусов, компьютеров, женщин, детей, родителей, художников, любви, ученых, игровой индустрии, самых игроков – вообщем всего не перечислить. Абсолютно непредсказуемый сюжет, абсурдная атмосфера и арт, не особо сложные загадки. В игре есть редкие баги и вылеты, некоторые моменты и шутки слегка предсказуемы и не оригинальны.
Оценка: 9/10

Late Shift (ПК и консоли, CtrlMovie Ltd) – интерактивный фильм. Мне действительно жаль что в принципе хорошая задумка получила столь плохую реализацию. Плохо все – сюжет, отсутствие звездных актеров, актерская игра, постоянные зависания в версии для ПК, практически нулевая вариативность (иллюзорная). Совершенно непонятно как можно было выпустить игру с таким количеством проблем в 2010-х, ведь по сути это обычный видеоплеер, всю игру можно было разместить в интернете например на youtube, но вместо этого использовали Unity и умудрились сломать даже столь мощный игровой движок. Официальный форум в Steam посвящен фиксам, хотфиксам, воркараундам и т.д. Налицо техническая катастрофа, отсутствие службы поддержки пользователей, все тестирование происходит прямо на игроках. Купленные восторженные обзоры и отзывы.
Оценка: 3/10

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Games Vision #2

I will tell you about games that I played recently.
[Part translated by Google, I was too lazy sry]

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aka Sara is Missing (Android, Monsoon Lab) – you find the phone of a girl named Sara. Inside, the phone has a built-in assistant IRIS, she wants to find her mistress and asks you to help her in this. The challenge to understand what was going on in the head of Sara from her messages, photos and video, find where she is. The game is very original and quite frightening. The downside is that there is no localization on Russian and other languages, there is no version of iOS, although it is obvious that the game interface copying Apple products (IRIS – SIRI) Also, the game is very short.
Rating 7/10

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The End of The World
(Android, Sean Wenham) – game about breakup – guy wanders in search of wine and sleeping under a bridge, remembering the moments when they were together with his girl. Touching moments memories, sad music, transition to white, an excellent game for female audience, and some of the boys. I do not like boring vector graphics (reminds me of Another World by Éric Chahi), zero gameplay, ten minutes pass. Recommended for all drama lovers / Titanic fans.
Rating: 5/10

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Werewolf Tycoon (Android, Joe Williamson) – game about a werewolf who eats people in a city park. The graphics and gameplay are fun – for children, bright colors without the gloomy tone, lack of blood and people like round cupcakes with funny animations. Rounds are short and simple, of the enemies only journalists with cameras. It sounds, looks and plays a lot of fun. Of the minuses – low complexity, viewing ads for the cancellation of Game Over, is not working mechanism of withdrawal of points to social media.
Rating: 6/10

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