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« on: December 12, 2014, 03:19:20 AM »

This wasnít even on my radar but I decided to pick it up after all the early hype.  So far it doesnít disappoint.  Itís a first person puzzle game in a very similar vein to portal.  You awaken on an island filled with Greek style ruins with a booming voice in your head claiming to be God.  All you really know at the start is you are a robot of some sort but you pick up information about what is going on as you progress.  

Puzzles are clever and the graphics are surprisingly gorgeous.  Also, the writing seems very strong.  Apparently itís the same person who wrote the story for The Swapper and shares some similar musings about the nature of the soul and what it means to be human.

Definitely worth a look if you enjoyed Portal.

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2014, 03:39:47 AM »

Interesting. There's a free public test so I'm downloading that right now.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2014, 03:50:25 AM »

Huh, I looked up the Free Public Test on YouTube.  That is the same gameplay but seems to be a completely different area than the full game. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2014, 06:33:39 PM »

Forbidden towers are made for climbing!

I just made it to the second world.  This is definitely a game for people who like exploring.  There is so much hidden lore and backstory but unlocking it is the real challenge of the game.  I think the best moment for me so far was the realization that the individual self-contained ďpuzzle roomsĒ can be manipulated to interact with other rooms for special results.
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2014, 04:47:57 PM »

Finished the game last night.  I feel pretty satisfied with my experience.  The ending, or endings (there are multiple), leave a lot of unanswered questions but in a good way and makes you want to learn more.  A couple of the audio logs near the end actually made me feel pretty sad for the characters, which was unexpected.

I spent 20 hours with the game and I know I still missed a lot of hidden content.  I highly recommend picking up the game. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2014, 09:26:59 PM »

Wow, this is a great game. It's making me feel that sense of wonder and discovery that Portal gave me when I initially played it. There's enough in the audio cues, visual changes, emails, and QR Codes to keep you wondering what's going on. The soundtrack for this game is perfect and just oozes the sense of being on some type of ethereal plane. Totally engrossed in what's going on to the point where I was a bit hesitant at entering the tower I was warned about. The puzzles ramp up nicely and am at the point where they're getting more complex but don't feel like I'm out of my depth, and still feel a great sense of accomplishment for completing them.

I've come across a few holograms too. Are those recordings of other players - they certainly move like other players? I also created my first QR Code. Do other people see those or is this all self-contained?

In any case if you liked Portal, Stanley Parable or any of those types of exploration/puzzle games then this is one to get too.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2014, 01:09:43 AM »

When you place a QR code, anyone on your friends list will be able to see it.  You actually unlock special things you can say in QR codes based on your actions in the game; some are pretty funny. 

I think the holograms are a combination of pre scripted events and other people who are playing the game.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2014, 01:21:30 AM »

15 hours in and still loving it. This game has really run me through a bit of an emotional gauntlet. Initially just feeling a sense of wonder at the game world and the mystery of piecing together what the heck is going on. Then as the pieces start filling in and the story becomes clearer I get all these conflicting feelings of melancholy but hope as well. It's really a very sad story but damn if there isn't a lot of heroism and joy to go with it. Then all that packed together with the frustration of solving the puzzles along with euphoria when figuring out the most difficult ones.

So this game has really done a fantastic job at running me through an emotional gauntlet.

All that and unexpected philosophical discussions, which are a lot more fun than I thought they could be.

Still undecided on which path I'm going to ultimately follow. And damn if I can figure out how to get those gold stars. I've only managed to get 4. And I've spent a significant amount of time trying to figure out how to get the others without any luck. So far those are the only puzzles that have had me completely stumped. I've managed everything else I've run in to without looking at a single scrap of help.

Oh well, back to the game, have to collect a crap load of red bricks for floor 5.
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2014, 03:48:08 AM »

Glad someone else took the plunge and has been enjoying it.  Itís such a great game; it disappointed me that most people seemed to be passing on it.

I feel like finding the stars is the real meat of the game.  Most puzzles can be solved in fairly expected ways but in order to reach many of the stars you have to really think outside the box when it comes to how your tools/abilities work.  There are also some great Easter eggs hidden throughout the game.  This one actually startled me when I found it.


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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2014, 04:39:37 AM »

Quote from: Lordnine on December 29, 2014, 03:48:08 AM

Itís such a great game; it disappointed me that most people seemed to be passing on it.

I am waiting for a significant sale on it. It's probably worth the current price, but I have enough to play as it is.  Threads like this one have definitely made me want the game.
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2014, 03:33:12 PM »

I was going to wait for a more significant sale as well but decided to pull the trigger on it over the weekend. Now I just need to find some time to play it as it is right in my wheelhouse.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2015, 03:36:52 AM »

Awesome game. Beginning to end.

That last section of the game was just great. And more than happy with the ending I got.

I'll have to go back and get all those gold stars. I ended up getting 9 by the end, which wasn't enough for using them anywhere (need 10). Tried so hard to get a 10th one at the end but couldn't figure out how to get them. Either the gold stars left me stumped, or I kinda figured out what I needed to do but was unable to locate all the pieces. The gold star on top of the Egyptian monument was one I tried figuring out forever. I figured out how to get the beam I needed. And I saw the fan I needed but was unable to figure out how to get in there to get it. And then I also needed one of the crystal staffs for the beam but no clue of where that was located.

In any case I finished at 22hrs. Enjoyed the entire 22 hours. One of the top games I've played in 2014 and I'm sure I'm going to remember this one with fondness in a decade looking back at great game experiences.
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2015, 05:25:53 PM »

Quote from: Crawley on January 02, 2015, 03:36:52 AM

Awesome game. Beginning to end.

That last section of the game was just great. And more than happy with the ending I got.

I'll have to go back and get all those gold stars. I ended up getting 9 by the end, which wasn't enough for using them anywhere (need 10). Tried so hard to get a 10th one at the end but couldn't figure out how to get them. Either the gold stars left me stumped, or I kinda figured out what I needed to do but was unable to locate all the pieces. The gold star on top of the Egyptian monument was one I tried figuring out forever. I figured out how to get the beam I needed. And I saw the fan I needed but was unable to figure out how to get in there to get it. And then I also needed one of the crystal staffs for the beam but no clue of where that was located.

In any case I finished at 22hrs. Enjoyed the entire 22 hours. One of the top games I've played in 2014 and I'm sure I'm going to remember this one with fondness in a decade looking back at great game experiences.

Curious, which ending did you get?

The fan component had me puzzled for a while but it’s actually really easy to get. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
In the puzzle room that has 3-4 fans, grab an excess fan and carry it with you when the fans carry you to the back of the puzzle room.  Instead of riding the fan in that room back, disable it and place a box over the top of it. Jump on the box while carrying the fan and you can jump up onto the wall and then jump out.

As for the laser staff, it actually never fully leaves its puzzle room.  You need to stack boxes onto of the vertical fan in the room, jump onto the box before you activate the fan circuit and you will be high enough to jump onto the wall.  Make sure to grab the second staff before you are lifted into the air.  Place the staff on the wall itself and everything should line up.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2015, 02:36:23 AM »

Quote from: Lordnine on January 02, 2015, 05:25:53 PM

Curious, which ending did you get?

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I went the tower route. And not sure if it mattered but was able to trap Samsara behind a force field at one point. But at the end I loaded in the Milton Program, he played coy for a bit, then got angry at me. So I basically said "screw you" and logged off. The ending basically had me powering up and the Talos program shutting down (imagine that's standard). I then just walked out of the facility which was a dam. And then during the credits it showed a look out to a city in the distance that was in ruins.

So probably wasn't one of the more interesting endings but happy with what it was.

For the gold star, that makes sense about getting in to the area with the fan. I might have figured that one out. But don't think I would have figured out the laser staff. I was sure it had to be hidden around the level somewhere (which is large) so probably would have just kept looking till I get too frustrated.  But at that point I was really torn between wanting to see the ending and getting a 10th star. Seeing the ending won out after getting frustrated trying to get another star.

Are the "rewards" worth it for the 10 stars? It looks like I can go back to an earlier save and get all those.

I also saw a sword in the stone I really wanted to get but couldn't figure that one out either. I thought I had it too, as I got the blue laser in to the puzzle room, but it didn't seem to do anything.
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2015, 03:32:47 AM »

The star ending wonít make sense unless you found one of the secret islands, so I would recommend at least going back and doing one of them.  They contain the audio time capsules which I like.  The easiest one to get to can be reached byÖ
Spoiler for Hiden:
Grabbing the axe from world 3 and bringing it back to world 1, use it on the wooden barricade in the main hall.
The star ending is a neat concept but Iím not sure itís worth the time commitment unless you want to read ALL the lore.

What happens
Spoiler for Hiden:
Because you mastered all the challenges, your character is immortalized within the program and becomes one of the helpers that are unlocked by solving the island worlds.  Iím pretty sure your Steam name is also engraved on one of the plaques in these rooms in your friendís games.
The sword in the stone is actually just an Easter egg; there are tons of them throughout the game.
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2015, 04:22:42 AM »

Yeah I opened up all the secret islands with the axe. But can't get past the doors without having the 10 stars. I do love those audio logs so will probably go back and give the stars another try.
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« Reply #16 on: Today at 12:35:29 AM »

FYI - on steam sale 33% off. Downloading now...
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