Review: EMMA: Lost in Memories (Steam)

EMMA: Lost in Memories is a 2D puzzle platformer game in which all the platforms and walls start disappearing progressively as you touch them. Think, strategize, run, jump and feel in a surreal and poetic world where everything fades away.

Pros:

  • Hand-drawn graphics.
  • 195mb download size.
  • Controller support.
  • All buttons do the same action.
  • Tutorial at the start.
  • Endless runner style platform gameplay.
  • Two modes- adventure Unlockable memory chest.
  • Gimmick-the level fades away as you move. Movement is constant and you have no control over it.
  • Actions-slide, climb, jump, double jump and wall jumping.
  • Decent graphics.
  • Replay levels.
  • World map level select.
  • Quick restarts.
  • Feathers-optional collectibles that unlock concept art in the photo album.
  • Strong story.

Cons:

  • No graphics settings.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • Little replayability.
  • No leaderboards.
  • No Steam achievements.
  • No helps/tips.
  • Short game.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Emma Lost in memories is a platformer with a few gimmicks going on with the headliner being the way that the level disappears as you run over it meaning no backtracking. Instant restarts allow you to try so many things out and the platforming is so tight and difficult that’s it is oddly sadistic in places. The story is good and tackles serious issues and it’s all done in a very soft way. Be forewarned though that as tough as it can get the game is short and beatable. I enjoyed it but I have no reason to return.

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!

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