I’ve been looking forward to playing Distortions ever since I got to know about it a few months ago. The gameplay trailer looked amazing, and after playing it myself, I was not disappointed with what it had to offer.
I was provided a copy of Distortions (PC/Steam) for review. The opinions are my own.
Distortions is an award-winning indie game from Among Giants. Players control the Girl, who is trying to overcome some issues in her life. The game puts her in a distorted fantasy world that mirrors her emotional journey. It’s quite obvious from the gameplay that the developers wanted to create an atmosphere that enabled players to feel connected to the main character. The good news is that it worked. Distortions will make you grow invested in the Girl’s sentimental story.
Here’s the trailer!
Everything is presented in a manner that helps make this game relatable. If you’ve ever experienced a breakup or any other emotional stress, you’ll understand what the Girl is going through. This game urges you to come up with your interpretations by using words such as the Girl, the Monster, and the Shades in the narrative.
For some, the Monster could be an abusive ex, a bully, or anyone/anything which has negatively impacted your life. Distortions is about helping the protagonist face obstacles for a hopefully better future. To help you on your journey, the game understandably makes use of incredible music. Most of us have used music for emotional support, right?
Distortions does adds a few things to prevent it from becoming a title that’s all about wandering around and making you think, though. Equipped with a violin (which has special abilities) and the power of music your character will have to solve puzzles, tame monsters, and defeat enemies. I enjoyed the gameplay related to using the violin. You can combine different notes to play melodies. Perfectly playing the melody not only gives you more power but you’ll also get to hear some awesome music.
Distortions is a beautiful sounding and looking game. No wonder it won numerous awards. The different environments and character (monster) designs felt inspired by Studio Ghibli. I’m not a music critic. So, I can’t say much about it except that I loved listening to all of it during the game.
You can go ahead and purchase Distortions right now from Steam.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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