Etherborn is a game that expresses itself through puzzle solving, a magnificent art style, and every stage that provides its own unique soundtrack. But how good of an execution is it?
A story told with limited to no narration is quite a hard one to tell since you need to fill up the game with astounding visuals and accompanying sounds. Etherborn does just that.
A game such as this one is always up my alley, providing ecstasy beyond understanding. Every stage supplies you with a new experience like no other before, every puzzle forcing your brain to do a backflip.
What Etherborn does astoundingly well is keep you guessing about what’s next.
It’s unique take on puzzles though, is done through a mechanic that plays with none other but gravity. The game takes you on a journey you will never understand, but will draw you further in, due to your own curiosity. From a simple tree standing before you, to gigantic human-shaped statues pointing towards the correct direction and welcoming you, as if you were to be there.
One word that kept going in and out of my head when I was playing this game, was equilibrium. Everything is just right. Not too much nor too little. It takes so many elements and puts them in one places, but at the same time, manages to mix them just perfectly. Across my journey I was fascinated by how the game was trying to show you that humans are but a raindrop in a vast sea. Just like with the character I was playing, I was but a watcher, witnessing something bigger than myself that took place. A civilization that expired by unknown means.
So what will be your choice? Will you explore this world of unexplained gravity and buried secrets? Or will you abandon this opportunity of an adventure yet to be told?
Etherborn is developed by Altered Matter, and published by Akupara Games.
You can find the game on steam here
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