Ok i have held of writing a review on this game for quite a while now as i wanted to play it and watch as it developed further through its journey to full release.So now after playing through the first five world's (level's - but each one really does feel like a seperate world and each really does have its own identity) and tallying up nearly fiveteen hour's of play i think its about time i review this very interesting and at time's puzzling game.
Is it any good???
And do you really want to solve its mysteries and delve into its depth's???
Well read on and find out if i recommend this game and if its worth jumping in just yet.
Soul Axiom - Early Access Trailer - www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1W-6Wzz3nk
Ok so this game come's at us by the same indie studio that developed Master Reboot and at time's it really does show and that's not a bad thing at all,Master Reboot is a very good game and one that was well received with good reason.At first though this game seem's very similar and yet as you play through what's on offer you'll come to realise even with these similarities that Soul Axiom is so much more and it really has benefited from the guy's time spent making Master Reboot but (and its a very big BUT-but not as big as Beyonce's) this game really is better in all the right way's and in all the right place's so let's get on to explaining exactally why.
Ok so first up the most important thing this game has on offer its elusive and mysterious story,now when you start up the game you are free falling through the cloud's during a storm and whilst your falling lightning flashes all around you and you see snipits of memories...........your memories??????,then whilst trying to make some sense of what's going on you look down and see a very large object approaching fast and your directly on a collision course with it AARRGGHHHHHHHHHHHH I'M GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!
But no you find yourself on the deck of a ship,the weather beating down on your face.As you look around you see people but you can barely make out their features,they seem to be searching for something on the horizon then you spot an old man at the helm.Next all hell breaks loose and.......................well let's leave it there shall we.
So that's how the game start's and to say much more would spoil your time spent discovering it for yourself as with this game the less you know before hand the better.
Let's just say that your journey will lead you through more than a few tricky situations and you will find yourself travelling to places far and wide,and strange and exotic.
The graphic's are really well done and suit this game down to the ground and they are only getting better the further the game get's through its development cycle.The jungle level looked good before but now with the update they just released (which included a whole new level-and dare i say its the best level so far) it doesnt just look good it looks great.This also applies to all the other place's you will end up visiting as well and each area has had as much work and effort poured into it as the last one,you can really see that the game is a labour of love for the development team and it really does show.
Heres a great shot from one of the places you will end up visiting......................why you end up here,well im not saying ????????? http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=391076424
Now gameplay wise the game play's out like a puzzler but is in no way your standard run of the mill affair,as you progress through the story you will eventually come across new abilities that you use to change and manipulate the world around you and in true puzzle game fashion (PORTAL anyone??) you wont make any headway until you learn to use them properly.
At this moment during its development there are three possible abilities to aquire and each one has a very different effect on the world around you.One give's you the power to create ball's of flame which you use to blast away at item's and blocked of area's on screen that can lead to new undiscovered places for you to move onto and explore.
Yet another let's you move object's by the power (of what can only be described as) telekinesis which help's in creating safe route's over lava by moving objects ECT for you to walk on.Lastly (which is the first ability you get) you can make object's that are unstable break down or you can recreate object's that have broken down into particle's,thus moving obstacle's in your way or creating item's that can be used to climb on ECT.
Ok last but by no mean's least sound and spoken dialogue,the spoken dialogue in game is all delivered really well for what's there but it takes a back seat to the sound in game that's yet another highlight and the score that accompanies the game has been really well thought out and capture's what's going on in each world you will visit pefectly,from drum's in the jungle level to gunfire in the gulf war
everywhere you go will have its own score and sound effect's,and that's what really help's them to all feel different and fresh and give's each one you visit its own unique identity.
Here's a great track from the game,and one that really did stick in my mind (I'm still humming it now DAMMIT!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1B5Jjg76og
SO IN A NUTSHELL THEN HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT MY SOUL SEARCHING TIME SPENT PLAYING THIS GAME ??????????
So during my play time with the game during its early access stint i have really enjoyed what is a dark and facinating journey through someone's soul (and by the look of thing's other people's as well)
.The game play's really well and the developer's are allways working hard and bringing out regular update's which improve not only the quality of the game (from graphic's and sorting out minor bugs) but the overall size of it as well,as with every major update come's a new and more interesting slice of the overall pie and trust me once it all come's together and its fully released this is going to be one very special experience indeed.
Ok so will you like and enjoy this well made and mysterious game,well as allways answer the following three question's and then you decide -
1 - Are you ok buying into a game that even though it is in a really great and playable state (with very few bug's - except the ones in the jungle level) is still in early access and isnt finished just yet ??
2 - Do you want to be taken on a dark yet very strange tale of soul's and mortality ??
3 - Are puzzle games your bag as you will spend a lot of time in the game solving puzzle's using the new abilities you gain,so dont sign up if that's not for you (and some are a little tough) ??
If you answered yes to the above question's then what are you waiting for buy the game now and get playing this oft dark tale.If not that's ok as puzzle game's arent for everyone but trust me you will be missing out on one of the best early access games this reviewer has ever played (and thats a FACT)!!!!
(I DO NOT OWN ANY OF THE CLIPS OF VIDEOS PUT UP IN THIS REVIEW AND THEY BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS AND ARE THEIRS BY COPYRIGHT)