DEVICE 6, the latest adventure game from Simogo, is now available from the app store. Much like their fabulous previous release Year Walk, DEVICE 6 sees you tossed into the midst of a mystery and tasked with finding answers through exploration and puzzle-solving.
DEVICE 6 Pros:
- Unique text layout that doubles as in-game map and mirrors first-hand perspective
- Clever puzzles that require some investigation and thought
- Creepy imagery and unsettling audio
- Engaging storyline that kept us interested throughout
DEVICE 6 Cons:
- Story is fairly short and can be completed in just a couple of hours
DEVICE 6 is largely a text-based adventure game, infused with interactive puzzle elements that must be solved to advance further in the story. The text reveals a tale of a girl named Anna who wakes to find herself in an unfamiliar place. She encounters strange occurrences, bizarre imagery, creepy sounds and music, and a distinct lack of fellow humans to explain what’s going on. The narrative is laid out in the most unique way that we’ve seen in a mobile game. Text is stretched into single line sentences that must be scrolled to read in order to convey a sense of movement. Blocks of text represent pauses in forward motion or even entering into rooms, and you’ll spend a good deal of time rotating your mobile device as the text bends, flips upside-down, and changes direction frequently. It’s a fascinating way to keep the gamer engaged and impress upon him a similar perspective as Anna. Text is punctuated by short bits that reflect Anna’s own thoughts, as well as images that move as you scroll, as if you were looking through a window at a larger image hidden behind the text pages. Five of the game’s six chapters contain puzzles that task the reader/gamer with paying attention to story details, searching pictures for clues, and entering numbers, symbols, and other input into interactive windows. We found the puzzles in the first three chapters to be enjoyable, yet pretty easily solved. The puzzles in the last two chapters required a bit more work, offering a great deal of satisfaction once the solution was sussed out and the puzzle was completed. We don’t want to give too much away, as this type of game is best experienced first-hand.
Graphically, the text is sharp and easy to read, and the sense of movement you get while scrolling and reading in kind of intoxicating. The imagery consists mostly of black-and-white photography, a bit grainy and unfocused, though it appears that this was the intent. A lot of the images give off a creepy vibe and can leave you a bit unsettled about the happenings described within the story. The audio is similarly creepy and meant to make you squirm a bit and ponder its origins. There were a few puzzles that hinged on audio clues that weren’t as evident to us as they could have been, though we didn’t use the recommended headphones, so that could have made a difference. The controls require you to tap on puzzle elements to enter info, while the bulk of the time you’ll be swiping the screen to scroll through the narrative. Arrows appear to indicate which direction you can scroll as both a helpful hint and an indicator that the active direction has changed.
Replay value is low for puzzle enthusiasts, as you’ll already know the solutions or how to quickly find the necessary info. For gamers who enjoy a unique experience and outstanding production value, DEVICE 6 is certainly worth a second playthough. Our only disappointment was that it was so darn short, as we were able to finish in just a couple of hours. A universal app for $3.99, DEVICE 6 is a stellar 4.5-Dimple offering.
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