After a lengthy Preamble, which is a bit “tell’y” and dense to be honest. “Your name is Mananuiva and, since the day of your birth, the wet season has come and passed seventeen times.” it tells us….hmmm – there are better ways..
“Hey, Mananuiva,” says Sarah Exposition, “come on, you’re seventeen now. Isn’t it about time you left home and went on that rite of passage thing you’ve always been talking about.”
What do you reply :
‘Oh, god…..it’s sooo unfair!”
“Nobody understands me!”
“I hate you!”
“Jeez, I’m going in a minute! Leave me alone!”
…anyway, after that, Mananuiva, a seventeen year old islander, is on a right of passage to find her own way in the world – a path that will fit her, that will give some meaning to her life. Ugh. Good luck with that Mananuiva. I’m vaguely hoping to find it one of these days and I’m *cough* *mumble* years old.
You meet a young woman who is also about to undertake a rite. She takes you back to her island, and you are roped in to competing in a race with her – apparently an outsider must. What follows is an interesting, but occasionally problematic exploration of the atol, with puzzles and many many insta deaths.
I have found a bunch of items now, and some of the puzzles in order to obtain them are quite clever. I’ve not yet completed the game, though. I have reached numerous endings, including what I assume is a good ending. I haven’t seen them all yet, judging by the number of achievements that are still greyed out.
I will say that the reveal during the race is interesting. It turns the game into almost an action/horror game from what it has been up to that point. These islanders are not all they seem. But, the final end game does feel like a bunch of random choices. Do I punch her or grab her? I’m assuming one will end well, the other badly. No idea! I make what seems like the right choice.
Some aspects of the platform (I’m not entirely sure what this was developed in – is it a bespoke platform?) are interesting. It’s a compact, but relatively open world – I can explore using a neat little graphical interface. There are achievements, and I will say that my choices did feel consequential – this is a puzzle game. The images are very nice and it is a nice touch that I can see them again once I’ve found them.
I wish it wasn’t replay to win – I’m just getting more and more irritated having to do the same things over and again.
A nice delivery platform, but the gameplay needs to be fairer. 6/10.