Developer: Giant Squid
Publisher: 505 Games
Release date: 2016
Story: ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life as you descend into the heart of the ocean. But beware as you swim deeper as dangers lurk in the depths.
Review: The moment I started the game, I knew I was in for a ride. Everything in this game screams Journey, and of course, after finishing it, I found out that Journey’s art director is also behind this! It’s an absolutetly stunning game, there’s moments where it takes your breath away. The music, just as in Journey, ties perfectly with what’s happening in the game, and is beautiful. Unfortunately, its EXTREMELY short. I finished the game in under 2 hours and I did a little bit of exploring looking for collectibles and such, and for 20$… well, it’s a bit pricy, but I guess it was worth it!
My Score: 9/10
Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Release date: 2016
Story: Silence: The Whispered World 2 will take you back to Silence, a world made of dreams. We accompany Noah, a teenager who lost his little sister, Renie, in the hazardous real world and now hopes to find her again in Silence. His quest leads him to another visually impressive and emotional adventure, where you get to solve plenty of mysteries surrounding Noah, his sister, and the dreamscapes of Silence.
Review: Gorgeous game. Usually mixing 3d and 2d doesn’t really work, but in Silence, it does! The 2d backgrounds are beautiful, and the style of the 3d characters is really cute and nicely done. The story is really nice, and eventhough this is the sequel to The Whispered World, and there’s a bunch of references throughout the game, you don’t really need to have played it to understand whats going on. Minor complaint would be the puzzles being too easy to solve. And the sort of annoying little caterpillar you get as a companion (I really didn’t like it).
Overall it’s more of a really good interactive movie rather than a game, similar to Telltale’s games.
My Score: 7.5/10