Mini Review: RiME (Ishvii's version!)

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#1

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RiME is a story about a boy who can make statues light up by shouting at them and has an imaginary pet fox (that’s the spoiler-free version). It’s undeniably pretty but has so many flaws. Although it looks similar to fantastic experiences such as AER and ABZU, the similarities stop at the graphics. I don’t think I had to use my brain for the entire thing. The puzzles didn’t pose any challenge at all, and you’re literally led from one to the next, so it’s very linear. It’s short, so I finished it - but man was I bored for the entire game. It’s a good example of why you can’t just get artists and musicians to make a game without putting any thought in to the actual game design.

Additional
Without spoilers, it’s a very pretentious game that takes you through 5 different stages, representing the after effects of an event that is slowly revealed at the end of each level. In that way, you might call it an example of games as an art form. I’d agree if it wasn’t so dull to play - I felt like the whole game was there to show off the artwork. It looks fantastic, but it just lacks and kind of depth or emotional engagement. I think that’s partly because it reveals so little of the story, but even after the first level I’d guessed what the game was about.

Luckily I got it in a Humble Bundle; I’d be really pissed off if I’d paid 36 euros for 4 hours of gameplay.

Status: Completed in 4.5 hours
Rating: :cookie: :cookie:

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#2

Having played this and really enjoying the game, I would absolutely agree with all of it, except I didnt figure out the story until I was supposed to so I probably got the intended experience, it hit the feels pretty hard… great review!


#3

Thanks for the reply :slight_smile: Confused though - you said you really enjoyed the game and also agreed with my review, although I basically trash-talked the game for being dull to play?


#4

Yep, I think everything you trashed was absolutely right if you figure out the story early on. If you’re in the dark like l was, it actually works pretty well. The puzzles were just filler, this game probably could have made a good walking simulator. I think something closer to Firewatch would have been a good direction for this story to be honest.

I think I bought it at a discount and probably would have felt ripped off if I’d played it at an earlier time in my life (trying not to spoil). Since I played it now though it was pretty… effective.


#5

I bought this a little while back because it looked really cool, but haven’t gotten around to playing it. Think I’ll give it a try in the near future. Thanks for reminding me!