Journey of a Damaged Circle is an inventive voyage of a form that’s determined to be full. For a comparatively brief recreation (roughly 3-5 hours relying on how a lot you wish to discover/how a lot you get caught on the surroundings…) it’s deeply immersive and covers surprisingly deep subjects. Whereas it may not be for everybody, I discovered myself loving this recreation, from the design strategy to the general story and its highly effective messages.
The sport will get the ball rolling (pun supposed) instantly, and also you rapidly decide up the straightforward controls as you go. All through your journey, you get to work together with totally different companions who offer you extra talents to traverse the numerous terrain discovered via the sport’s ranges.
The gameplay hinges on physics and the way Circle interacts with the world, and usually talking, the physics are good and assist you to benefit from the expertise with out a lot frustration.
Journey of the Damaged Circle retains the participant on their toes, although, and it looks like as quickly as you might be snug with a sure gameplay model, terrain, or technique, a brand new complication is thrown your manner. These challenges offer you an actual sense of satisfaction whenever you determine them out and eventually nail a difficult stage – and they are often difficult. The water-themed ranges specifically had been difficult, however the problem was truthful and I loved these essentially the most.
Within the first stage, you’re additionally launched to a facet goal of gathering magic mushrooms (as they style good, apparently). Whereas there have been some that I couldn’t work out how one can entry in my first playthrough, they’re a pleasant extra layer to Journey of a Damaged Circle, and whenever you collect sufficient you might be given entry to bonus ranges, extending the sport’s brief playtime a little bit extra.
Nonetheless, there have been a few particular phases the place controls didn’t really feel like they mapped logically (e.g., you might be rolling round an object, however the route shouldn’t be what you count on). Not at all a deal-breaker – it simply stood out to me as the remaining was so slick.
The sport itself is beautiful, the ethereal soundtrack maps splendidly to the surroundings and looks like a personality itself as your transfer via the numerous environments. Often, I discovered myself backtracking to seek out the fitting path to proceed however I fairly loved having the ability to additional examine. the world that ‘Circle’ lived in.
From insecurities and selfishness to melancholy and nervousness this recreation does a powerful job at masking deep subjects with a few shapes and dialogue! Miss Moss was a favorite facet character of mine and it was fantastic to see ‘Circle’ study extra about itself, and others all through its journey.
Talking of your journey, if you are solely a small circle, the surroundings permits you to work together in massive methods, whether or not that’s transferring rock boats alongside or flying throughout a inexperienced cover within the spring-themed stage, there are various methods to work together with Circle’s world.
The dearth of lives, fast load instances and never having to utterly redo a stage whenever you make a mistake all added to the expertise. Possibly it’s as a result of I’ve not too long ago revisited the Crash Bandicoot trilogy, however I loved this recreation specializing in the journey itself, quite than punishing any errors.
Maybe it’s as a result of I’m caught at house, however there was one thing peaceable and exquisite in serving to this little circle on its voyage. I look ahead to revisiting the sport sooner or later and dealing to safe 100% of the magic mushrooms and popping the final of the trophies.
Journey of the Damaged Circle PS4 Evaluation
Total – Very Good – 7/10
Journey of the Damaged Circle is a candy, thought-provoking journey that’s effectively definitely worth the journey. Regardless of a couple of missteps with some contradictory controls and a brief run time, Circle has grown on me and I’ll be rolling again into this one till the ultimate trophy pops. It’s only a disgrace that there’s not far more to take pleasure in.
- Fantastically designed
- Excellent soundtrack
- Fascinating, thought-provoking story and themes
- Enjoyable gameplay
- At instances, the physics/controls felt a little bit contradictory.
- When you find yourself prepared for extra the sport is over.
- Often, dialogue and circle will be tough to see relying on the background.
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Major model examined: PS4. Reviewed utilizing: PS4.