Also, ROBOTS! Beep Beep!
I had gotten a free copy on xbox live as part of their gold membership monthly free games thing. And I gotta say, it got me hooked. It’s not often indie games get me back, past triple A titles in my library, to continue the story. The game mechanics are very simple on the surface with more revealed as you play through the levels. Just like how a good game should be with their level variety.
The overall tone is somber, sad and even hopeless at times. With one hopeful goal of the main character finding his family again. But with all the obstacles like zombies and zombie-hunting psychos, it gets you cracking your head on how to get past puzzles both simple and ingenious. And there are those kind of puzzles that make you feel like a badass upon completion. And badass is exactly what the main character isn’t. He is a normal fellow with health issues just trying to survive. He isn’t your action-hero-who-can-do-blow-up-helicopters-using-taxis but instead a simple fellow whose back story is told through flashbacks to great effect. It sets the emotional direction of the main character down a good, familiar path.
One of my gripes with this game is having the secondary characters not really have compelling backstories or purpose aside from some moments of interesting storytelling. I won’t spoil anything major of course but aside from an old man and his amazing underground hideout, the other characters are only there to make the main dude feel important and ‘heroic’.
Occasionally the controls are a little iffy. But aside from these two issues, I’m happy that I played all through to the end. The ending was a nice way tie up all the twists in the main character’s story though felt a little unsatisfactory.