Shady A part of Me is a enjoyable however acquainted puzzle platformer. Though it payments itself as a “journey like no different,” style followers will acknowledge its variations of issues seen earlier than. So this can be a recreation so as to add to your wishlist relatively than rush out and purchase.
You management an unnamed lady and her shadow. The lady has 3D motion and may push and pull particular objects. The shadow in the meantime strikes in 2D and may leap. They have to work in tandem, with each reaching checkpoints earlier than additional progress might be made. Altering between them typically is barely delayed, resulting in failure as a result of the chosen character hadn’t registered but.
The sport is “narrative stuffed,” nevertheless it’s a bit too cryptic and muddled for its personal good. It has the kind of melodrama I’ve seen in different video games. It’s ample sufficient so that you can wish to beat it however too unsatisfying for it to stick with you after the credit roll, which makes me surprise if I’ll replay it.
I feel a chance was missed for co-op gameplay à la Shadow Puppeteer on the Wii U. If one participant might management the shadow and one other the lady, that may’ve lent replayability. As it’s, my spouse and I took turns enjoying Shady A part of Me, and she or he loved the sport greater than I did.
This isn’t to say I didn’t benefit from the recreation. Rewinding time introduced comfort. I used to be fearful this might result in abuse, making Shady A part of Me too straightforward, however that didn’t wind up being the case. The puzzles are tried and true. Even with borrowed concepts, there have been some “aha” moments.
I discovered the aesthetics combined. Whereas I just like the watercolor type, it’s drabber than vibrant, although this in all probability works higher for a recreation primarily based on shadows. The music is fairly good for essentially the most half, and the voice performing is completed professionally. The latter wasn’t my cup of tea per se, nevertheless it did carry some life to the sport.
The sport doesn’t overstay its welcome, clocking in round 5 hours for us. A carnival setting was the standout space. What I discovered curious was the sport’s last act. It launched a brand new mechanic (no spoilers) that felt jarring, nearly as if it was from a unique recreation.
Shady A part of Me is a recreation that puzzle platformer fanatics will most probably take pleasure in. However when all’s mentioned and carried out, it seems like it will keep within the shadows in comparison with the indies it takes concepts from. It’s enjoyable on the time, however finally forgettable.