Published by Sometimes You and developed by Sergey Noskov, 7th Sector is an award winning cyberpunk puzzle adventure on the Nintendo Switch. In it, you are a spark of what seems like living electricity, able to take control of all manner of machinery. Set in a mysterious cyberpunk world, you’ll need to immerse yourself on this intricate path, solving different puzzles, facing its dangers, and collecting scattered information to discover the story of this world.
First off, 7th Sector is a beautiful game. The developer did a fantastic job crafting this dark, fantastic looking world where you’re mostly getting bits a pieces of it shown to you. Most of the game has a really dark pallet to it, but the lighting effects do a great job of cutting through that. It’s very atmospheric and realistic looking. Much of the game occurs on a 2D plane, but the world and objects are all rendered in 3D.
In terms of gameplay, you are this tiny little spark of energy that is able to move around, but only through things like wires, cables, and electronic devices. You have to transfer yourself to them through connections, though you are allowed a tiny bit of leeway to jump between points. Much of the early content has you jumping between cables and control panels while trying to figure out puzzles that allow you to move on to the next area.
Later, you’ll be able to take control of other different types of machinery that will allow you to move a bit more freely. Everything you gain control of has its own abilities or uses so it’s best to also learn what each piece of tech does.
7th Sector is an interesting game and the puzzle elements are what kept me coming back. Anytime I got stuck on something, I would walk away from the game but always came back with a clear head to try and solve it again. That usually did the trick. I did find the puzzles quite challenging, especially as you progress further into the game. My only real complaint about 7th Sector is the pacing. It can be a bit slow in certain areas especially when you’re trying to move from one area to the next so I’d maybe like to have them speed these sections up a bit or at least allow me to move faster.
Other than that, 7th Sector is a really different and unique game. I really enjoy the puzzle aspect of the game and trying to uncover what exactly is going on in this world. I like how you have to basically figure out everything on your own. So is 7th Sector worth a buy? I’d say so. It’s worth checking out, especially if you like environmental puzzle games and it doesn’t hurt either that the game is beautiful to look at.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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