There are many reasons to play video games. You could be playing them because you love the action or the immersiveness of being in a combat situation, or you could be playing them because you love the story and love that you’re a part of it and not just a outside viewer. Whatever the reason, there are all types of games out there and I’m not one to discriminate. I love them all. Same goes for the weird ones where you kind of have to think outside the box and figure out what to do on your own. That’s how Iceberg Interactive and GhostShark’s latest, Still There is.
You play as Karl Hamba, a sole operator of The Bento. Your job is one of monotony, tasked with monitoring and repairing its core systems alongside Gorky, your on-board systems AI companion. A lot of it might seem menial at first and kind of boring, but it’s to show you what life is like alone in space with no one but yourself a computer to keep you occupied.
But before we get to that, let’s kick this off by saying how good Still There looks. It’s got beautiful art, mainly the environment looks highly detailed and there’s so much to interact with. While beautiful, there’s also a kind of loneliness to it. This is the environment of a guy who lives by himself. The first thing you’ll want to do is just explore this little station and see what each room has while taking in all the details. You’ll need to be at least a bit familiar with where everything is.
Still There starts off pretty slowly with you basically trying to accomplish some pretty mundane tasks such as turning on and testing crucial station systems, making food for yourself, and collection of data. It’s pretty boring stuff and really shows you how life can be like on your own. You will however need to figure out for yourself how to do all this as there really isn’t anything in the ways of tutorials. Sure your AI buddy gives you some tips, but you have to figure what exactly to do. A lot of it can be very technical and some of it is just trial and error.
Everyday Tasks include the following:
- Operational checks
- General maintenance, fixing eventual malfunctions
- Periodical radio beacon transmissions
- Collection of data from outer space
- Looking after the station’s tuatara
- Radio/navigational assistance to nearby spaceships
- Experimental drug trials (it’s all good, trust us)
Your best bet really is to just explore the station, look at everything, touch everything, and see what it all does. There’s also little bits of back story you’ll discover by exploring where you’ll start to learn a little bit about the person you are and what his life was like. The big mystery here is why am I on the Bento to begin with?
Still There plays like a point and click game. Much of it is puzzle based and you’ll need to figure out how to accomplish each task before you can most on to the next. While many of the tasks might seem simple, they are actually far from it. Again, the name of the game is just knowing where everything is, what everything does, and how to put it all together. If you need help, Gorky the AI can help you along with the technical manual sitting in the control room. There is also a way to make the puzzles a bit more simple, but that disables unlocking of achievements.
Still There is a heavily story driven game with lots of exploration and puzzle solving. The main thing here is that Still There is a very slow game and you’ll need a lot of patience and wit to get through it. There will be times when you’ll be stumped at what to do next because like I said above, the game doesn’t spoon feed you. You will have to figure a lot of it out on your own.
With that said, Still There isn’t for everyone. It’s a very different game but if you put the time and effort into playing it, it can be a very enjoyable experience.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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