Illusion: A Tale of the Mind Review
Young Emma finds herself chained up inside her father’s mind. What has happened? Why is she there? To find out the truth behind her predicament, she embarks on a puzzle adventure with her soft toy rabbit Topsy over a surreal and disjointed landscape, formed together from her father’s experiences.
A Way Out Review
In an industry that’s often criticized for “playing things safe,” A Way Out is anything but: a story-driven cooperative game where you’re required to play the entire game in split screen with another person the whole time. To make a game like that takes a level of vision, sophistication, and outright brazenness that many in the industry just wouldn’t normally set out to do. The question now is, was it a risk worth taking?
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a remarkable game. Even with the frustrating controls, Starbreeze Studios has managed to craft a superb puzzle-adventure game with mature themes, while still capturing those crucial moments that makes the relationship between two young brothers special.
Never Alone never has that transcendental moment where the player can momentarily look past the game and see the world of the Inupiat. Instead, that world feels burdened with the task of being the appealing kernel of a heavily flawed machine. There's a land of wondrous play and exploration somewhere in this premise, but Never Alone isn't it.