Posted: October 1, 2014
This is probably one of the shortest "games" on Steam; it lasts only 5 to 10 minutes, and then it's finished. Many would argue it's not a "game", since there is almost no gameplay. In The Plan
you are a fly, a fly with a plan. She wants to fly higher than any fly has ever done before, so she starts on a journey of discovery. You can lead the fly a bit during her journey, but in the end she goes up and up and up, and that's it as far as playing this game is concerned.
But arguing if The Plan
should be called a game or not, is besides the point. For me, it's like a small but polished piece of art. If large and great games like Middle Earth: Shadow or Mordor
are the novels of games, then The Plan
is an exquisite poem, maybe even as short as a Japanese Haiku. It's all about atmosphere, and about the gradual changes in atmosphere as the journey progresses. These shifts are made through the artwork, and also through the soundscape. In the beginning there's not much more than the sound of the fly up-close, but once she soars higher, the developers with a stroke of genius added a piece out of Edvard Griegs hauntingly beautiful music for Ibsens play Peer Gynt
: "Aases Tod". The emotional effect of this sudden musical layer took me by surprise, and made a deep impact. There are even many more "layers" to be discovered, but just as in any good poem, these should be left to the player's imagination.
So, just get this one, and treat yourself on a special journey. It's free, so don't object ;-).
Overall score: 9/10