If you want to know the why's and wherefores of RELICTA - things you used to get with physical games but are no longer applicable with code downloads - Google it. That may sound a bit sharp, but in all honesty the reasons why you're on the moon and solving puzzles of the scientific, logic and physics type, are just background noise; the main fun throughout this game is the relentless brainstorming of the player versus the intelligence of the program.
You mostly see the complete picture in first person view, using your hands to lift and move exquisite unique locking and unlocking devices (there must be a quicker way to say that ... hmmm 'keys' that's it). At first it is obvious what you have to do but then things begin to get complicated and then more complex.
These keys mainly lock and unlock electronic barriers. These are somewhat weird gates because at times you can walk right through them as long as you aren't carrying a key, and other gates require the keys to be in position and aligned so they dissipate leaving just a gap.
There are several tricks you can try to get a lock opened but going through them here would make this more of a walkthrough than a review and I am sure you can find a walkthrough online if you need it - this then defeats the whole purpose of the puzzles. The satisfaction felt when you solve a particularly awkward puzzle without resorting to looking online is truly gratifying.
Once you power up your gloves to control negative and positive energy (visualised in colours) then the merriment goes up more than just one notch.
Visually; this is a beautiful game.
Challenging; this is a superb conglomerate of clever puzzles.
Playability; it may be one of the most enjoyable games you play this year.
From the website:
Relicta is a first-person physics-based puzzle game where you need to creatively combine magnetism and gravity to unravel the secrets of Chandra Base. Alone in the depths of the Moon, your scientific mind is the only thing that can keep your daughter alive …
Play as a physicist stranded on a derelict Moon base and bend gravity and magnetism to your will. Will you rush straight ahead or will you take your time to unravel the intrigues of 22nd century orbital politics? Buried in the eternal darkness lies a secret that might claim your daughter’s life - or change the fate of humanity. Are you ready to face the consequences of your research?
- Mind-bending mechanics - alter gravity and magnetism at will.
- Complex physical puzzles - combine your abilities in innovative ways to solve these physical riddles.
- Lovingly detailed environments - each corner tells a story, each new step is a challenge.
- Deep and enigmatic background story - Find clues and piece together the details about the investigation of the Relicta's anomaly.
- Immersive original soundtrack - slip into the soundscapes of an sci-fi psychological thriller.
At around £16.00 there is a lot of game and a great value in making RELICTA your go-to puzzle game.