Can the maker repair what he makes?
By now, video games have reached a point where questioning religion, society, war, and other difficult and taboo subject matter have found their way into the subject matter. Dig deep into the lore of games like Portal 2, Bioshock, Limbo, El Shaddai, Deus Ex, Spec Ops: The Line, Metal Gear Solid, etc. and you will find deep and introspective ‘mature’ subject matter. I applaud games like this for giving the medium a much need push forward, and when a game comes out that tackles these type of themes I make it a point to play it. When I first caught wind of Primordia through the Steam Greenlight feature the concept of a post-apocalyptic world where man had become extinct and robots and androids lived on to create their own society where some had began to worship their makers, man, had really piqued my attention. Then quickly seeing it was being co-produced by one of my favorite adventure game publishers, Wadjet Eye (Gemini Rue, The Blackwell Series, Resonance), and newcomers Wormwood Studios, I knew I had to get my hands on this game. Did Wadjet continue their amazing track record, are Wormwood Studios a worthy new dev. team, did Primordia live up to my lofty expectation of delivering quality gameplay as well as a narrative that would tickle my brain? Read on. (note: I’m trying a different style to my game reviews and am now going to add a score at the end :gasp!:, hope you dig it)
Two genres of games that seem to go hand in hand that I feel get the short end of the stick in gaming are the puzzle and adventure game genres. Both get slammed with that damning label ‘casual‘ and tend to get noses thumbed at them by serious ‘hardcore‘ gamers, who don’t consider them real games (I have a whole rant on that coming up in a future post). Well, phooey to that, great puzzle and adventure games are damn hardcore challenging your mental prowess both logical and outside the box (in the case of some adventure games, really outside the box). And phooey to those who say video games will rot your brain. Many puzzle and adventure games will make your brain work so hard you risk the chance of it reproducing that head explosion scene in Scanners. While both genres of games share the idea of pushing your brain to the max, adventure games often tend to focus more on delivery of a great narrative and often feature puzzles that aren’t as mind bending as their sisters, whereas puzzle games are more cut and dry, but do offer some cool ‘stories’ sometimes too.
Here is my list of the top 5 of each genre. I’m only including games I’ve actually played, so I’m sure I’ve missed some gems. Sooo, if you know of a great puzzle or adventure game shout it out in the comments, I’m always on the hunt for great games to play. Coming up next time on Brainbusters, Strategy Games: Top 5 Real Time and Turn-Based. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
” Reality is perception. Perception is subjective.”
If you were to take a quick glance at FEZ you would see a cute little retro style 2D platform game where you run around and collect stuff. If you were to play around with the demo you will discover a neat little gameplay mechanic where you rotate a 3D world and explore on a 2D plane. If you were to start actually digging into the game you’ll find clever environment puzzles you need to use the mechanic for to collect your items and treasure. If you make a bit of progress you will find some of the most challenging and unique puzzles ever crafted in a video game. If you start to dig further into the game your mind will start melting. If you make it to the end of your first playthrough you will be questioning reality and the meaning of life.