Byte-Sized Reviews
Another Perspective

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 17th, 2015

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With the month winding up all too fast, the daunting pile of reviews may have to get a bit of a rapid-fire treatment. Time for some byte-sized reviews!

Another Perspective (developed by ShaunJS) is a shining example of how effective use of a hook can create an addictive and compelling game. This PC puzzle-platformer doesn’t really look like anything special at first; but once you start playing, it’s a whole other matter. Thanks to a well-spun narrative and a clever puzzling mechanic, Another Perspective is one of those games that will keep you playing well past the point when you thought you would be calling it a night.

The game takes place in a strangely bland setting. The goal, which is pretty much relayed by your on-screen character (who has an ongoing soliloquy) is to find the key that unlocks the exit. At first this is a simple affair, and getting from A to B is a matter of running and jumping. As the game progresses, multiple keys are required to unlock the door. Eventually, though, things get a little bit more complicated, and solving the puzzle rooms alone is no longer an option – you need help. And who best to help you than…well…you!

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The key to this situation is…oh, never mind.

Basically, stages will have multiple copies of you scattered about, with the key (or keys) available to at least one of them. Switching between these different instances of yourself is done using a single button on the controller. By switching between the copies of yourself, you will get to see the whole level – each copy of yourself exists within their own level. Furthermore, all other versions of you are frozen on the spot, and can be used as part of the level. So, if one version of you has to reach a key that is just beyond reach, you can switch to another you and -provided that the layout of its own level coincides with the plan- you can move to a spot adjacent to the obstacle and use yourself as a stepping stone once you switch back. If any of the versions of you die, though (usually by falling), you have to start the level over again. The game pulls you along, almost seductively, teasing you with the idea of whatever it is you are searching for might just be around the corner.

Worth playing? Yes. This game is fun and addictive (though it is a bit on the short side). You can find it here on Steam

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