Pneuma: Breath of Life forces you to think outside the box through a narrated story of self-discovery, whilst exploring the ontological mystery of the breath of life. Features award winning voice actor 'Jay Britton' as Pneuma.
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Mostly Positive (107 reviews) - 71% of the 107 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 27, 2015

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“One of most intriguing new IPs of 2015.”
RECOMMENDED – Kotaku

“Pneuma: Breath of Life is a game you must own.”
9/10 – Gamestyle

“Pneuma tumbles through chains of thought that have preoccupied philosophers for centuries.”
Eurogamer

About This Game

Pneuma: Breath of Life is an enthralling first person puzzler putting gamers’ minds to the test in a visually stunning world using the power of Unreal Engine 4. Pneuma provides players with a sense of awe and a relentless determination to solve every puzzle and progress through a narrated story of self-discovery, exploring the fundamental nature of being. This is the first person puzzler of 2015 which is designed to force players think outside the box and explore beyond what they know as reality.

Play as a god, ‘Pneuma’, and listen to his comical self-obsessed inner monologue whilst he takes you on a journey exploring and traversing his puzzling world in a story that can only be told through the interactive medium of video games. Rack your brain and progress through a series of environmental challenges that require perception, observation, and lateral thinking skills to succeed. Lift bridges, rotate platforms and move entire buildings all with the power of your mind. This game isn't about your skill with a controller, it's about how you perceive and analyse situations.

Push your brain to its limits in this exciting new first person puzzler as Pneuma contemplates the nature of reality and you explore the ontological mystery of the Breath of Life.

Key Features:
  • Manipulate unique lateral thinking puzzles based on perception, observation, and attention to detail.
  • Become immersed in Pneuma’s story and witness the genesis of the universe as he wrestles with the nature of reality. Pneuma's story is one that can only be told through the interactive medium of video games.
  • Unleash the power of Unreal Engine 4 and physically based rendering inside a world that constructs around you.

Exclusive to PC Gamers – Virtual Reality Support:
PC players will be able to experience Pneuma’s unique puzzles in an exclusive virtual reality mode through the power of the Oculus Rift DK2. The game play mechanics in Pneuma revolve around your observation skills. Actually being able to physically move your head to look at and control objects to solve puzzles with the combined power of your sight & mind is something we feel Oculus Rift users need to experience. Pneuma is a challenging and mind bending puzzling game with an immersive story, and virtual reality only adds to that experience.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo E6600 / Athlon 64 X2 6400
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5770
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Virtual reality mode not recommended on minimum specs.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7 64bit / Win 8.1 64-bit
    • Processor: Core i7-920 / A8-3870K
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / ATI Radeon R9 280
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: GTX 970 or higher recommended for virtual reality mode.
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DharmaDan
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
Pneuma is certainly not the perfect game, but it's not a bad game either. With simplistic puzzles and a quite annoying narrator you may feel that it's not worth playing but If you manage to get to the end It makes the journey well worth it. If you buy the game purely for the puzzles you be dissapointed as for the most part they dont require much brain power. The story is the strongest part of Pneuma placing you in control of a man in a strange world asking himself where he is and why he is there. The narration at times feels a little too much and over the top and kind of ruined the mood of the game for me, I would have preferred it if the narrator sounded a little bit more serious and less like another version of the one from The Stanley Parable which is obviously were the influence comes from. I don't think its worth the $19.99/£15.99 price tag but if you can get it on a sale I would definitely recommend it.
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kromeboy
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Nice aesthetic, rather forgettable existential story. Fairly short game.
Puzzle are easy to solve when you had figured out what to do and in some rooms where the puzzle is. That is my main complaint about this game: compared to other environmental puzzle games this one doesn't provide enough clue about how the puzzle must be solved, and so you have from time to time to read into the mind of the developer. Not my cup of tea.
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Sledge Hammer!
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 9
$20 for a 4 hour game? No way. The game was too short and the puzzles were too simplistic.
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Anillak
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
Yes, right, it does ride the Talos Principle train, but the game itself is really pretty and the puzzles are interesting. For me the main voice in the game was annoying, but because you can silence it, there is no problem. The reason why it is hard to recommend the game is the price. It took me 3 hours to beat the game, and I am usually a time waster when I like the visuals. Buy it on sale if you like atmospheric puzzle games.
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Mytherin-Dezhrak
12.1 hrs
Posted: August 11
Overall grade: A-

The game is a very fun, the puzzles are well made, and the changing mechanics keep you on your toes throughout the game. The game also boasts a very beautiful and detailed world, with differing environments and actions that mingle well with the dynamic mechanics of the world. Not to mention the VERY interesting story, and a (metaphorically) EXPLOSIVE ending! (Seriously, the ending is the best part, in my opinion.) And the main story of the game, albeit somewhat short, is not the end of the game's content, as you will soon find out that there are special hidden(ish) puzzles interlocked with the main puzzle.whether or not the price tag for this game is justified is completely up to the user. Personally, I would pay $20 for the game, but I think a price of $15 or maybe $10 would have fit the brief story better.

My PC can be considered extremely average by most, and this game continued to do a number on it for the duration of my playtime. I ran at a maximum of 40 fps, but hovered around 10-20 fps for most of the game. I commonly find myself lowering the graphic settings for other games I play, to accomodate for my less than amazing tech; Pneuma: Breath of Life does not have the ability to do so, or has very little ability to do so. The fact that I stuck around to finish the game and play the puzzles definitely says something about this game.

Get i?: Yes, if you like inventive puzzling and semi-comical narration about the purpose of life and your place in the universe, definitely give it a go.
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Black Magic
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 7
One of the best game I have ever played. This game force players to think from begining to the end. The end of the game is suprisingly good. Re-think what, why, who, how.
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pedrogonic
2.1 hrs
Posted: July 23
Wow. This guy is really annoying!
The game could`ve had a nice relaxing atmosphere, but the guy JUST WON'T SHUTP UP! He won't even stop to breathe. It's horrible voice acting with horrible tone and pacing.
It's a pain when you've already figured the puzzle but the dialog is still going, because you know that the second that you advance through the door, or whatever, you won't have a second to relax without his voice.
I honestly don't feel like finishing the game because of his stupid remarks.

The puzzles are very uninspired, really bland. Not fun to figure them out at all. No "a-ha" moment. Just "okay, what's next? argh, this?!".

The controls are quite bad. I like playing with low sens (one bar ingame, 800dpi mouse), but at some point, there are three giant platforms that spin like crazy when you are looking at them, specially when you are ON them. I almost threw up my pizza.

The graphics are ok. They seem nice, but I dunno. Something is missing. Like, they don't seem real. Maybe the rest is just so bad that I'm getting biased.
There are a lot of graphical glitches, though. The lighting is kinda bad also.

Don't buy this at full price. Maybe in a sale to spend an afternoon.
But you've been warned about the stupid god that won't shut up.

EDIT: Finished it. Yes. This game totally sucks.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
I am gonna be totally honest and straightforward just like this game.

Pneuma lasts for 3 hours, it is combined with some philosophical monologues and enviromental puzzles. Game shines in three aspects its graphics, music and mentioned riddles. The bad things though come with a story and game length it is honestly dissapointing once you reach the end. If you are new to the genre of logic enviromental games I recommend starting with Portal 1 & 2, Talos Principle or Antichamber. You will be a lot more happy with them. If you got Pneuma on some huge discount feel free to check it up maybe you will like it more than me.

Verdict: Medicore game with a decent taste which wont last long. It is really unfortunate because it could end up being a simply better game. They've made intriguing World and they couldn't use it or explain it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Firstly, I'd like to say that the price the developer is asking for this title is astounding. The price of admission here is £15.99 for which you will be granted access to two and half hours of boring, uninspired, simple puzzles while being forced to listen to the headache inducing protagonist that just doesn't know when to shut up.

Pneuma: Breath of Life does have some nice visuals but that's about the only thing going for it. I purchased this game from eBay UK for the grand total of £0.99 and I wouldn't recommend paying any more for it.
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93 of 114 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
Introduction
Pneuma: Breath of Life is an amazing puzzle and thought provoking game. This game is like a mix of Portal (puzzle elements) and Stanley Parable (Comedic style with serious elements). The puzzles are not super easy, but not extremely hard. (It will take some time to figure some of the later puzzles out) (It also has some harder “secret” puzzles) Pneuma: Breath of Life does not only have superb puzzles, but it also has a great comedic and later though provoking tone. Jay Britton does a superb job with voice acting the main character. With the gorgeous graphics, great puzzles, comedic, and thought provoking tone, Pneuma: Breath of Life is a hidden gem that everyone should at lead play though once. The only thing that I could find bad about this game is the fact of how short it is. I really hope the developers decide to make another game that expands on Pneuma: Breath of Life or add more content/ bonus levels to the current game.
Pros

  • Great Puzzles
  • Comedic
  • Thought provoking ending
  • Stunning graphics
  • Great controller support (as well as keyboard/mouse)
  • VR support
  • Neat “secret puzzles”
  • Awesome voice acting done by Jay Britton




Cons

  • A bit too short
  • No borderless windowed mode
  • Very linear
  • Abrupt ending


Conclusion

Pneuma: Breath of Life is an amazing hidden gem. It’s not only a puzzle game, but a comedic and though provoking story of self-discovery. The only thing that could be said bad about Pneuma: Breath of Life is that is short and linear. I wouldn’t say this game is for everyone, but if you ever see Pneuma on sale you shouldn’t give it a second thought. BUY IT.

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59 of 77 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Pneuma: Breath of Life is a puzzle game with philosophical overtones. Screenshots make it look like a Myst-like experience, but it's much more similar to the recently released Talos Principle. Levels are vibrant in color, though mostly narrow and linear.

The puzzles themselves are often clever, based around perspective. A few stand out, however, for being obtuse and poorly communicated to the player. Ultimately, however, the puzzles never really rose above being decent; I had no massive feeling of accomplishment, owing to their generally small scope and the limited number of interactions needed to solve them.

What I most disliked was the story. The voiced narrator that frequently plays throughout the game annoyed me greatly. His jejune ramblings and initially arrogant tone clashed with the otherwise serene setting of the game. He goes down a rabbit hole of metaphysics, sounding more like an idiot every time. As the story progressed, it became so extremely self-referential that I couldn't help but roll my eyes.

Finally, the game is quite short. Nearly half of my 4 hours playtime was spent idling, and I only really got stuck on one puzzle. I'd imagine that most gamers could beat the game in under three hours. I feel the game is priced appropriately for that length of time. Having a limited time in the world, whose narrow levels never let me explore it, and with a protagonist that I hated, made me not want to return. Pneuma is not a bad game, but after completing it, my reaction is more of a shrug.
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This was my first puzzle game and it did not dissapoint. First off the graphics are amazing, you get a Roman type feel when playing it. The puzzels cand be difficult especially the floor one in chapter 5 smh. Some of the achievemnets are difficult to do if you dont know what/where your looking for, I suggest looking on yt for help :).
The story is intresting and not like anything i've encountred before
I would recommend this game 9/10 (puzzels can get fustrating :D)
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40 of 54 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Pneuma is a good game, I definitely recommend it. The puzzles are difficult and the narrative/story is excellent, if you figure out the difficult puzzles and make it to the end, the ending is something amazing that I haven't seen in any other game, its incredibly unique.

I played the Xbox version and enjoyed it so much I bought the PC version to play it on Oculus Rift. As a VR game it is fantastic, one of the best Virtual Reality games out there, that's not a rollar coaster.

This game is a good price for what it is and it is definitely worth buying, especially if you have oculus, play it twice it's worth it!
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
I came into this game expecting a good story walking sim along the lines of Dear Esther or The Old City: Leviathan with a few interesting The Talos Principle puzzles thrown in to give the player something to do apart from experiencing the story.

After playing through it, it is probably more along the lines of Mind: Path To Thalamus but I found that game to be a lot more impenetrable in terms of the solution to the puzzles & the awkwardness of the forced obstruction of the players view by the light ball.

In any case, it's probably a bit expensive at the moment, but I would recommend it if you like some frustrating puzzles (I'm still not sure why I actually solved some of them) & a storyline that is heavily religious allegory then it is worth picking up.

There is some replay value for speedrunners, apparently I missed two puzzle & all of the secrets, not sure i'd consider it worth going back if I didn't intend to run it.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
It's not actually a puzzle game. It's sad story about self-discovery. About gods, humans, loniless, society, consciousness, self-awareness, love, life, self-esteem, metaphysics, phylosophy, video games and biblical allusions. All interconnected in such natural way as it really is. The thing is if you expect a puzzle game - you'd be dissappointed, it is very short and very primitive.
A bit more existential than Stanley Parable and phylosophical in a vein of Talos Principle. Linear and some light puzzles in the mix. Pricepoint is a bit high, but it's an experience you won't regret. Just remeber that it's not really a puzzle game. It's the spirit and you are not really in control. Neither of us are.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2015
Let's review this game on two levels: the game itself, and then its Oculus Rift support.

First off, the game in general is okay. It is frankly gorgeous, for what that's worth, but it turns out that working puzzles by pointing the camera just leads to frustrating puzzles, and spending a lot of time staring at your nonexistent shoes to avoid setting things off. The puzzles aren't bad enough for me to warn people against the game—but they aren't good enough for me to recommend it either, and that's coming from someone who loves this type of game. If you're looking for a first-person puzzle game, you could do worse, but you could do a lot better too.

As for the Oculus Rift support: it's terrible. The frame rate is NOT vr-friendly even on a GTX 970. Several effects (including the near-omnipresent water) don't behave sensibly in RIft mode, which is disappointing and distracting. And on a much more fundamental level, puzzles that require you to crane your field of vision up and down are just uncomfortable on your neck. I can see how the "your gaze is a form of input" idea might sound like a good fit for virtual reality, but in this case it's just not—if you're tempted to get this as something to do with your Rift, it's really not worth it.
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
I recommend it due to its philosophical nature and amazing puzzles. The concept for the puzzles is quite new and interesting, and some puzzles might take you time before solving them. The ending is interesting, with Pneuma struggling the whole game to understand his nature, believing he is a God and that the whole world is his...oh how wrong he was, though in the end he fully understands himself.
Despite enjoying this game a lot, i felt the concept compensates for the length of the game. For 20 euros i would have liked to see more content put into the game (free future dlc would be nice).
A little bit of resolution issues, but otherwise, this game is a fun experience, coming close to The Talos Principle, but giving it a much funnier air (however the ideas are totally differrent: Talos Principle is about you choosing between following God or going against his word, while Pneuma is about...i'll let you find out on your own :D - great philosophy in both of the games however).
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