My review on proteus, as a """hardcore""" gamer who appreciates art games
(this is the reccomendation on the game I wrote. I'm just copying and pasting it here because it's pretty much a review on the game as a whole and might direct buyers on whether they want it or not. I know when I bought it I was expecting a spiritual successor to LSD Dream Emulator and got a completely different experience. I just want to educate others on the game before they buy.)
It's pretty good. I'm writing this review about 2 weeks after I beat it, so don't expect a huge complex review because i'm for sure not playing it again.
It's one of those games where you play it to completion and then never touch it again, similar to Journey. If you're into a rich experience with a few things to discover along the way, this is the game for you. There isn't too much gameplay and the island is very small and hard to explore because you walk so slow, but the progression of the story runs on secrets so once you faff about enough you can eventually find the place to go to the next area. I'm not going to spoil anything but the game certainly isn't as pretentious as the trailer looks, it's just a simply relaxing experience with no hidden "message" along the way. that in itself may seem like an odd thing to say in a review, but it's one of the main things that almost stopped me from buying the game. I didn't quite like the ending, and although it was powerful it lasted way too long. The main part- the music, wasn't too special. It was relaxing but after a while it all started to sound too samey. It's possible that was the point though, as the whole island seems dreamlike at points and really chills you out.
Overall, while this game is extremely relaxing with a great atmosphere, it probably isn't for everyone. While I did find a few secrets along the way I do not believe there is any replay value or incentive to even start up the game again after completing it. You also walk almost as slow as "Dear Esther" so don't expect to be cruising around the island looking at things. The whole game takes time. I bought Journey for 15 dollars, beat it in an hour and didn't regret it at all due to the artistic quality and depth of the game. I bought this game for 10 and beat it in an hour as well, and feel the same way. Buying this game is like buying a ticket to an art gallery, just sit back and look at the paintings. If you're not into that, I would keep on walking as this game won't change your mind.