Monochroma is a cinematic puzzle platformer. It’s a game about being a kid, growing up with a little brother that needs your help, facing obstacles and solving unique puzzles in a dystopian 1950's setting.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (232 reviews)
Release Date: May 28, 2014

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"Monochroma is a gritty, dark little 2D platformer game about two brother who try to escape a dystopian city."
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“Even if you don't play puzzle games, Monochroma should still entice you with its dark art style, mysterious plot and clever challenges”
9/10 – That Video Game Blog

“After the emotional roller-coaster Monochroma puts you through, you might wish for a happy ending, but not every ending is pleasant – and sometimes it’s just good enough that something has ended. Play the game all the way through, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.”
Indie Game Magazine

“Nowhere Studios have proven that games can be a piece of art, and this one will tug at your heart strings.”
5/5 – Invision Community

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP or later
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9 Competible
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support, 512 MB Video Card or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9 Competible
    • Additional Notes: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or better
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support, 512 MB Video Card or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support, 512 MB Video Card or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Monochroma is a gritty, dark little 2D platformer game about two brother who try to escape a dystopian city.

Gameplay 7 of 10
Classical 2D Jump-and-Run Game. The jumping parts are sometimes a little inaccurate and some parts are trial-and-error parts, which are a little frustrating. But never the smashing-your-controller like. When you're not jumping-and-running you have to solve little puzzles, e.g. placing crates in a way that you can cross a river with your brother .All in all quite tricky.

Story 8 of 10
You play the bigger of two brothers and have to backpack your little brother for most of the game and uncover the secret of "The Company". The mood of the game is very dystopian and bland.

Graphics 7.5 of 10
The whole game is held completely in black, white and grey colors with sparse dashes of red. It's really impressive and yes even a little bit depressing. Reminds you a little bit of Sin City. Way to go.

Music 7 of 10
There's almost no music or sound also no voice acting. Only metallic noises from the surrounding buildings and factories , raindrops on metal , this kind of stuff.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
What an under appreciated gem this turned out to be. Monochroma is a short, highly stylized puzzle platformer and feels like what would happen if you mixed equal parts of Limbo with Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons. It's definitely a flawed gem and comes with a small share of annoyances and problems, but gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable and the beautiful interactive scenery is a real joy and makes this very worth seeking out.

Highlights

The thing that brings Monochroma above the level of just an average platformer is undeniably the art style. The background layers and assets marry each other fantastically and it makes for an incredibly visually appealing world. More than that though, the first level sets the tone and more than just introducing the gameplay mechanics in a subtle and fluid way, it visually prefaces the overall story and starts the first transition. The story tone defined by the visuals, and cinematic elements all compliment the game as an experience rather than just gameplay, and it never feels forced.

The story is subtle and more of a shadowy overlay throughout, until the end where it starts to ramp up, and gets interesting. It's quite strange and I don't feel like the story is as good as it could've been, but it does add a little personality and interest that might not have been there had it just been a game about two brothers going somewhere.

* The close checkpoints help to detract from some of the issues with the puzzle segments
* A great level selection menu screen makes revisiting areas hassle free.

Mistakes and Annoyances

Monochroma has all the hallmarks of an ambitious project without the budget to back it up and while those are often the games I love most, they're also some of the most frustrating because of the lack of polish and technical problems, and this game suffers from plenty of both. Fortunately they're subtle enough and the other aspects are strong enough that overall it redeems itself, at least in my experience, but mileage may well vary on different systems and for different players.

The controls and animations are often clunky and more often than not you'll find yourself repeating the same step, jump or movement because something didn't line up properly. This isn't much of a problem, but the saturation of tiny fidgety annoyances from start to finish starts to scrape after a while and really takes away from the whole experience.

These issues are compounded by some frustrating repeated trial-and-error like sections where you're simply iterating the same steps til you get it right. It's often unclear what you should be trying to accomplish or where you should be headed, and the game does a poor job of communicating these things. Again, just a general lack of polish that some time and attention could've and should've taken care of.

There are also a ton of small bugs that come down to just a lack of polish, time or dedication that you'd expect for a game like this, especially when it feels like it's had developers love poured over it from start to finish. I found multiple instances where I was unable to progress, or got stuck in a place that shouldn't have been possible.

* Loading screens are infrequent but very slow, especially for quite a small game. Reload times after death are also tedious and slow which is particularly annoying when death is very frequent.

Recommendations

Monochroma is available on Steam for £14.99/19.99€/$19.99 at the time of this review, and while it's striking and very much worth exploring, I feel it's overpriced, especially considering the 4-5 hour average playtime. For comparison, it's around 30% more expensive than Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons and twice the price of LIMBO, which I think most would argue are fuller, longer games. My recommendation for most people then, is to stick it on your wishlist and wait for this one to hit at least -50% on sale.

The DLC includes the soundtrack, a comic book, a development design book and some extras which are all quite nice to get more of a feel for the game, but at half the price of the game for what is essentially some PDF and wav files, I have to say it's ridiculously overpriced and should be avoided by most.

* There's a free demo available on the Steam store page.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/265830/

Unedited notes 27/08/2015 for Monochroma pre-review:

+Smooth, simple, nice overall, minus jarring controls after first few chapters
+Cool simple background story elements
+Hidden collectibles add a second or third playthrough?
+Brutally jarring deaths, nice
-+Limbo meets Brothers
-Very basic/simple til mid-game
-Controls not explained well at start
-Short?
-Small bugs
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
This game is amazing! Beautiful visuals and music, and clever gameplay. One of the best puzzle platformers I've ever played. It keeps getting compared to Limbo, but I think I enjoyed Monochroma more. I just wish little brother was ... more helpful.
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109 of 136 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
an surprisingly good puzzle platformer with a stunning art style. imagine a (much) less masochistic, more story-driven LIMBO.

an awesome piece of art. recommended for those that love these kinds of indie games 8/10
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83 of 118 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
A meld of stunning artwork and challenging gameplay make for a puzzle game that will entertain for hours on end, having players losing track of time, interpreting the meaning of Monochroma and connecting it to today's world. A platformer at its best, play Monochroma as soon as the opportunity arises.


If ya wants you can read my entire review here: http://www.noobfeed.com/reviews/1048/monochroma
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