Lots of gamers play first-person shooter games, but what they are missing out on is an experience no FPS can offer better than a game like “Inside." “Inside” is an indie, 2.5D puzzle platformer. The game has some 3D aspects like allowing the player to get behind objects, but the environment is primarily two-dimensional.
Throughout the game, there is lots of action varying from being chased by a pack of wolves to playing as a big blob of limbs trying to escape a lab. You play as a boy and start by sliding down a cliff into the frame. I didn’t mind the absence of the back story because it allows the player an infinite amount of creativity. “Inside” makes up for its lack of story with the chilling but beautiful 2.5D environment. To solve the puzzles, the player interacts with boxes that can be pushed or pulled and walls that need to be climbed using colorful birds. The black and gray color scheme allows for the developers to play with other colors as part of the storytelling.
One might think that since this is an indie adventure game there won’t be challenges, but that is untrue. A simple FPS enemy couldn’t compare to some of the puzzles in this game that require creative thinking more than spamming. The game challenges you the second you slide of the cliff onto land. Rather than just fighting, you’ll have to find ways to avoid dogs that chase you down and snap your neck, mermaids that try to drag you to the bottom of the sea, evil men who are trying to kill you, drones that are trying to track you down and tase you to death, big sonic cannons that blow the flesh off of you and possessed animals trying to kill anything and anyone that crosses their path. The challenges that you face really push the average gamer to think harder.
There may be a lot of enemies, but you have allies. Two little chickens follow you and help you get through parts where you need to get over large obstacles like walls, and there are mindless human bodies — fully intact but empty vessels — that follow you when you gain access to the helmets that control them. The vessels help you jump higher by picking you up and stop you from falling to death by catching you.
The game has different settings and lots of puzzles and you complete the game after you solve them all and escape the lab. If you are scared of getting lost in the challenges, there are lots of YouTubers that post walk throughs you could refer to for that little bit of help. If you complete all the hidden challenges, help or no help, you will unlock an ending fit for all the work you did with more mystery and questions than the normal ending. “Inside” is a perfect mix of thriller and adventure all fixed into a perfect package. The game will take on average 3-4 hours to complete and will leave you feeling accomplished.
“Inside” is available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, iOS and PC. Find out where to purchase it for your device at https://playdead.com/games/inside/. Rated M (17+) for Blood and Gore and Violence.