Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sleeping Gods Lie



A game of fields and stones

You're on Tessera, a world once rich but now suffering famine, disease, and a crime wave that only Robocop could fix. Their god, N'Gnir, strangely seems to be in slumber so it's your mission to find him, wake him up, and put an end to all the madness. It won't be easy because you must battle your way through the numerous different lands and each has eight kingdoms. This game is huge so pack butties because it's unlikely you will be home for tea.

We begin from the comfort of our own castle which looks impressive from the outside but is rather sparsely decorated within. Leaving here reveals the strange chaotic world with most of its populous being completely barmy. Almost all encounters feature a pebble fight to the death without any purpose and these brawls are all too frequent!

Okay, let's take a look at my castle outside first. Grand! And then we'll take a peek inside...


From the outside, your home looks awesome but inside it's obviously furnished by a guy...



A game with character

Thankfully, some characters are normal rather than a fanatic psychopath. Take the time to talk to them for helpful information. As the box says, this isn't just an adventure game and is full to the brim with action and puzzles all set within a curious new world. In fact, there are many puzzles to be completed - such as feeding a giant critter with mouldy cheese. These aren't brain-blasters and the information you acquire will soon fall into place if you talk to the right people. Oh, and look out for the rather odd level guardians...

The first-person engine is fast but the landscapes are sparse with distant objects being nothing more than fuzzy pixels - until closer. The title music is chiptune magic but in-game sound effects are as sparse as the landscapes. Controls are perfect - mouse looks or moves but do also use the keyboard for a fantastic combination (not seen in the video). Hint, pressing F3 allows you to run rather than walk and I found this to be of great benefit.

Exploring is a cinch and easy thanks to the superb controls through an engine that makes it easy to get around. I advise taking time to explore your surroundings and also finding out who's nice and who's... well... not so nice. That is the time to master your skills at throwing stones! It's fun but you'll soon require something better!


This ain't a peaceful land and most love to start fights by throwing pebbles like a child!!

That pixelated mess is the first guardian but the second is freakishly cute (and hungry)


The CryptO'pinion?

Sleeping Gods Lie has some very interesting ideas but it's not perfect and the weird battles are initially amusing but soon wear thin. However, things get better once you've found the slingshot. For an adventure, the character integration should have been more inclusive, so can fail to entertain thus feeling it was added at the last hour.

Overall, there's no denying this is an enthralling adventure and I loved exploring the land. But I was disappointed by the visuals which felt abandoned in content. If you have lots of time to set aside, this is definitely something to dig your heels into over a quiet weekend. Flawed, but great for explorers like me to enjoy. Play it.

Download HDD and FLOPPY.

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