Опубликовано: 26 февраля
LOOM the game is an absolute work of art. On the scale of story to gameplay it's firmly in story, but what a story! Absolutely lush visuals (for their time), a wonderful soundtrack and a fascinating plot make this a memorable experience for anybody. Relatively daring for it's time, LOOM doesn't have an inventory, or dialogue trees, or even puzzles in the normal sense. Rather, you have a distaff which can be used to cast spells (which you pick up along the way) to alter your environment and advance the story. And it works beautifully. The only downsides I can see are that it's rather easy, and you can finish the game in less than three hours. And it ends on quite a cliffhanger.
LOOM the digital release is a bit of a letdown. This would have been the perfect time to release the 30-minute audio drama prologue which accompanied early releases of the game, but it's nowhere to be found.
In addition, this is the VGA version of the game. Whilst it is the nicest to look at of all the PC releases, it does suffer from one rather large, glaring fault. Rather than use digital audio files for the speech, they (for some bizarre reason) chose to use CD audio. Which artificially limited the game to just over an hour of dialogue. So they cut chunks out of the game so it'd fit. That means this version is missing bits of dialogue, certain object descriptions, some puzzle solutions etc etc etc. Why not let us have the EGA version as well? Sure, the graphics have fewer colours, but at least the game would be complete!
Or better yet, give us the FM Towns version. This obscure Japanese console got the best of both worlds - the VGA graphics, but the full story! There are guides out there for how to patch the Steam version to use the FM Towns port (should you happen to have a copy lying around), but it would have been nice to have it included. It's not like it'd be huge compared to modern games.
I'd still recommend the game because it's so good, but if you play it and enjoy it, it's worth digging out one of the other versions just so you get the full experience.