Desta: The Memories Between Review (Steam)

For our Desta: The Memories Between Review where we play a cozy team-based tactics adventure. Encounter old friends, unlock new abilities, and land trick shots to resolve memories, all while falling deeper into a mysterious world.

Desta: The Memories Between Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.37GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, windowed mode, v-sync, and anti-aliasing.
  • Invert the axis for the camera.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial pop-ups.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Ui size – small or large.
  • Puzzle gameplay.
  • Fully voiced characters.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Dialogue speed can be set to default or slower.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • The game is played out on a grid, you have X amount of moves. A ball will appear and you use this to hit crystals, switches, and fight people with.
  • Full 3D camera control.
  • When throwing the ball you get a throwing line and can use this line to judge where the ball goes afterward.
  • Upbeat soundtrack.
  • You can have the ball rebound back to you.
  • Undo the last move button.
  • Each little puzzle sequence is classed as a dream sequence.
  • Set within the United Kingdom so it has recognizable signs, language, and the like.
  • Each character uses their own set of pro nouns.
  • Simple easy to remember controls.
  • Adjust the power of your ball shots.
  • Recruit/meet party members where the turn order is up to you every time.
  • Throw the ball between party members.
  • Clever level design as it all looks simple and easy but it really is not.
  • The ball can bounce off people and the environment.
  • Very easy to get into.
  • Fast loading times.
  • The story is done in such a way that you always want to see the next dream and then the next.
  • When you lose all HP you wake up in the real world and lose all acquired abilities and memoria.
  • Run-based game loop.
  • Every new run allows you to pick an ability.
  • Use the environment to bounce the ball but also protect yourself.
  • Earn EXP after each dream resolution to unlock new abilities and upgrade movement allowance.
  • When you click move you get grids coming up showing how many and where you can move.
  • Before a new dream sequence, you can prepare by equipping your wanted abilities and teammates recruited.
  • Bite-sized levels.
  • The locations just look really cool.
  • Difficulty options unlock as you play – start the match with a healing tile, opponent accuracy chances, no-fail mode, and start the match with a ball.
  • The story involves depression, anxiety, social life, and friendships in a scarily realistic way.
  • Unlock shortcuts so you don’t have to repeat chapters. (optional)

Desta: The Memories Between Review Cons:

  • The game just opens straight up into a puzzle and it’s very abrupt.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Takes a while to get going.
  • Doesn’t do the best job of explaining everything.

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Desta: The Memories Between:

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Developer: ustwo Games

Publisher: ustwo Games

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!