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Written by  :  Patrick Bregger (256746)
Written on  :  Feb 14, 2021
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

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Summary

Meta The Game

The Good

The only thing you need to know about There Is No Game: it is meta. Very, very meta. It is not like Evoland II which is a regular game with many references, but closer to The Beginner's Guide or The Hex. And it may be the best game of this kind I have ever played after Pony Island. I can't talk at all about the story without spoilers so I'll have to keep this recommendation vague. The only thing I can say is that the humor is splendid and I laughed out loud often.

While the story is clearly king, this does not mean the gameplay has been neglected. On the contrary, the puzzles are the most inventive I have seen in a long time. Again, I can't reveal anything without spoilers, but the integration of story and gameplay is fantastic. This game is full of puzzles I have never seen before and they manage to be logical and non-trivial at the same time. If you ever get stuck there is an excellent hint system which gives first vague and then more explicit hints. The controls are obviously designed for touch devices, but still work well with mouse.

The Bad

Most sections were significantly too long and a later part of the plot, let's call it a love story, was a bit silly and did not really work for me. This costs half a star in my rating, but overall it did not hamper my enjoyment much.

The Bottom Line

Everyone who likes meta video game stories should play this game. Now. You should not spoil yourself with gameplay videos or reviews - I played There Is No Game with no additional information than the promo pictures on Steam and I am glad I did.

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