Review: Golem (Steam)

A heart-warming adventure about a young girl and a shape-shifting golem who must navigate the ruins of an ancient tower to solve its challenging puzzles and re-activate its long-dormant machines.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 5246MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics- Aspect ration, Resolution, AA and depth of field.
  • Puzzle platform gameplay.
  • Tutorial pop-ups but mostly just control stuff.
  • Nice soundtrack.
  • Controls- Click where you want to go, It draws a line to that point and then walks there.
  • Minimalist makes up your own adventure kinda deal. Little words or spoken tongue.
  • Sphere- Turns into a shifting Golem eventually but with this sphere, you must transport it across many puzzles. You can leave/collect the sphere at any time.
  • Can fast forward time when moving.
  • Complete camera control including zoom in and out.
  • Save whenever from the pause menu.
  • When doing platforms/interactions you mimic the movement with your mouse, So going round and round would be circling your mouse.
  • Solid puzzle game.
  • Enchanting world.
  • 10 levels across a multitude of biomes from Deserts to Snow.
  • Hidden pictographs.
  • Varied puzzles and interactions.
  • Engaging story.
  • Fun to play.
  • Plenty of “Ahh yeah, Of course, and Yes Bitch” moments.

Cons:

  • Slow paced.
  • Tutorial stuff feels very later and out of place. Just doing basic action, in the beginning, is a guessing game.
  • Few resolution issues upon startup. Eventually sorted but.
  • Can be hard to see what is happening.
  • The camera is not ideal in some situations.
  • Navigating can be tricky.
  • Long arduous tasks like climbing a tower and then hitting a switch only to slowly work your way back down.
  • Little replayability once you get through it.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

A fantastic game once you finally get told what to do, The world is an amazing place full of many intricate details as you move, climb and solve its many riddles. The atmosphere though man, It is just so eerily quiet that you cannot help but soak it all up, weird blue neon pictographs show up with little to no explanation, Just you and the game. The Golem who is your sidekick is a lot of fun and really mixes the puzzles up. This is a game that you would lose yourself in for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy every minute But would never go back a second time.

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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