Not too long ago I tried out an indie RPG game that was given to me called High Strangeness. The game luckily has controller support, though it was only partial which made it a bit awkward at times causing me to hit the wrong buttons often since it was registered as an xbox controller. Even so the controls were pretty good, the rest of the game was a bit of good and bad.
The basic premise of the game is that you are a guy, Boyd, who is moving and has to chase down his cat,Abydos, when it runs away. However when you do find your cat you end up being taken to an alternate world where everything looks ‘odd’ to you, which I will explain in a moment. In this place you are made to find a few items for a sick man, and then you are told about things called Crystal Skulls. It turns out that the Crystal Skulls are filled with extreme power and you have to find them in order to save all of the universes. The storyline is relatively simple and pretty easy to see through at times figuring out the basic ending, however the dialogue is set up pretty well. You have your cat, who can actually talk, and your old boss at the cd store who were both sent to watch over you in your world. The cat tends to be rather rude at times, which just seems to match the way cats act usually. They can be all lovey dovey but at times they are just like ‘ugh you’, which Abydos matches perfectly with his dialogue. His boss, Anna, in the beginning is just his friend however when he is taken away she acts a bit jealous and unsure of him it seems. The twists and turns in the personality of the characters is rather interesting, often it can be pretty humorous at times as well.
The characters are interesting ones, however there is quite a bit to cover over the gameplay. As I mentioned before the controller support isn’t the best, which makes choosing your weapons and such a bit awkward because the actual selection button is not the one you would think it was. Personally I would think when you select your weapon you would use the button that you use to use that weapon, however you use the main weapon button instead the other button just exits out of the menu. Beyond that though the game is a bit actiony and puzzle based however most of the puzzles once you figure it out the first time it becomes very easy to solve the puzzles later on. The fact that they basically reuse the premise of some of the makes a few of the puzzles very annoying because they are long, using one of the most interesting features I’ve seen. One of the main features in the game is the ability to switch perspectives in the game, from 16 bit down to 8 bit and back. As I mentioned before things looked ‘odd’ and that is because when you get to that world you see everything as 8 bit. The transition feature is interesting and makes for some nice puzzles, however the ones where you just have to switch to see a very long path is annoying because you can not switch back until you are through. I love this feature in the game however there are issues I have with it, sometimes when it switches over the bright colors hurt my eyes quite a bit. For example towards the end of the game there is a nice area that is full of blues, however when you switch to 8bit it hurt my eyes terribly and I had to get through it quickly.
All in all this game was pretty good , even if it was a short one to play. It is one that in my opinion is worth the 5 dollars, there are some twists and turns in the game and interesting changes in gameplay throughout it. From action to stealth this has quite a bit of decent gameplay available for you to try. I highly recommend trying it out, click here to check it out on steam.