Title: Another Sight
Developer: Lunar Great Wall Studios
Publisher: Toplitz Productions
Genre: Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Audience: PEGI 7
Release Date: 18/06/19
Price: £35.99 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
Lunar Great Wall Studios, a relatively unknown Indie Developer from Milan, have produced an obscure, Steampunk fueled puzzler in Another Sight. Set in Victorian London 1899, you play as an unlikely duo Kit and Hodge (not another Fast & Furious Spin-Off don’t worry).
Kit has an unfortunate fall that renders her vision altered with Cheshire Cat “Hodge” arriving at the opportune moment to try and help her find her way home. Kit spends the entirety of the game trying to navigate her way out of this underground maze, with an ever-changing environment adding to the challenge. The parallels with Alice in Wonderland are glaringly obvious, “in fact kit even states, “I feel like Alice in Wonderland” during the opening act.
The game follows that tried and tested format of tag team puzzle action, with lots of pulling levers, climbing ledges and toggling switches to help you progress through the subterranean landscape of Victorian London and beyond. You can switch between the two characters at will, with Hodge playing his part as a nimble springy cat, scaring away sinister mice and navigating the smallest of spaces, with Kit pitching in with a useful pair of opposable thumbs.
The typical flow throughout the game is a multi-tiered side-scrolling platformer, with a mostly on-rails format. However, the levels grow vastly throughout the game, and you can sense the game evolving and changing throughout, with hide and sneak elements a pleasing twist to a genre and style that can at times feel repetitive. The art style does a wonderful job of capturing and utilising light and shadow.
There were, unfortunately, a few glitches and stutters throughout the first couple of hours of gameplay, often getting stuck in invisible sections of terrain as Kit, with the only solution seemingly to switch to Hodge and Kamikaze your way to a checkpoint restart. Fortunately, the game is very considerate and generous with checkpoints, and although deaths are infrequent, you never return far from where you left off.
The game takes an interesting turn towards the 2nd half, as you find a more in-depth story of love and loss that helps to build connection and empathy for Kit, also beginning to understand and feel the bond between Kit and Hodge too.
Rarely did the game feel particularly complex or challenging with its puzzles and brain teasers, but there are some beautiful moments to be found throughout, with a stunning soundtrack, and cut scenes that blend excellent vocal work with incredible still artwork. So much care has gone into the detail of the game.
The pacing of the game did feel a little off at times, and at around the 6-8 hour mark, you’ll reach the end of the game, wondering where the climax came from, with little build or anticipation created for the ending. However, it did leave me wanting more, more character development, more complexity to the narrative and more of those gorgeous cutscenes.
Another Sight blends traditional puzzle elements, with an interesting story, and sets itself in the ever-popular world of Steampunk Victorian England. If you are looking for an immersive escape, it’s well worth your time.
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You can purchase Another Sight from the Nintendo eShop on the following link, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Another-Sight-1581545.html#Overview