71 of 79 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 2.0 hrs on record
Posted: Aug 4, 2014 @ 2:22pm
Updated: Aug 5, 2014 @ 1:40am

When you start Another Perspective one thing immediately becomes clear. And that’s how much it looks like Braid, another puzzle platformer from a couple of years ago (which, to this day, is still mighty brilliant). Not only that, but you also have to use clones. So in a way it’s also very similar to The Swapper. Again, another amazing game. The puzzles, however, are what make it different and unique from these other games and overall they're pretty good.

And wow, this game made my brain hurt sometimes, and I mean that in the most positive sense possible. Some of the puzzles are pretty hard and require patience and dedication. Once you ‘see’ the solution it’s actually very obvious, like most of the puzzles out there. Now, not all of the puzzles were difficult. It varies greatly in its difficulty. That’s also partly because of its narration, which basically consist of text lines shown during the levels that try to explain the ‘story’, or the general idea behind it. At first I thought it was shallow but the further I got the deeper the narration became and by the end I was truly intrigued by the lesson it tried to ‘teach’ me.

As I said, the graphics are reminiscent to those of Braid, so it has a style that looks like everything’s made with watercolor paint. It looks pretty, but it’s also very dark at the same time. The lighting is done very well, and gives the game a bit more style. It would’ve been nice if it used some variety in its backgrounds instead of just showing black but I can’t argue with the developer here as it’s an artistic choice.
There’s only music; there is no voice acting here. The game doesn’t need any and the music is relaxing and fits the genre. It doesn’t want to push you forward but wants to let you play at your own leisure, which is absolutely a good thing. Especially if you want/need to think things through.
There were some typos in some of the narrated lines. I don’t think these were intentional and I suppose they could be fixed with a patch. It didn’t break the game or anything, but it did pull me out of the experience, even if it was for just a little bit. A minor problem, in any case.

Another Perspective isn’t a very long game, depending of course on how good you are at solving puzzles. It will take roughly between 30 minutes and 2 hours to complete the story. After that you can start the Mystery mode which gives you even more puzzles and apparently a different, real ending, so I guess there must be even more to the story than I originally thought. I have to be honest and say that I haven’t completed the Mystery mode (yet) but I think it’s safe to say that you can add 30-60 minutes to the total playtime, maybe even more.

Well, well, well, time to wrap things up:
If you enjoyed Braid and The Swapper you really shouldn’t have to think twice. It might not have the same narration or complex puzzles as those games have but it still manages to stand on its own two feet. And even if you haven’t played those games – or as long as you enjoy puzzle games in general - this is absolutely a fine experience to begin with.

[Rating: 76/100]
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