Review: Solo (Steam)

Solo is an introspective puzzler set on a gorgeous and surreal archipelago. Reflect on your loving relationships by exploring contemplative, dream-like islands.

Pros:

  • Bright colorful graphics, Has a slight Windwaker vibe to it.
  • Graphics- Resolution, Fullscreen, Quality, Textures, Shadows, AA, Brightness, Clouds on/off, Bloom, Vignetting, Motion blur and depth of field.
  • Game options- Invert axis, Aim assist and sensitivity sliders.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Trading cards.
  • 1706MB Download size.
  • Can link the game to Twitter and post images.
  • Ongoing tutorial.
  • You can choose who to love, Either male or female regardless of your own gender.
  • Abilities- You can pick up and move boxes/items using a staff and rotate/move it. A parachute which can help navigating gaps.
  • Islands pop up as you solve the puzzle on the current island.
  • Puzzles always involve activating a lighthouse to awaken the Totem. Getting to do these actions is the puzzle part. Upon talking to the Totem you answer questions on love and life.
  • You can pet/feed the animals you encounter.
  • Unlock shortcuts.
  • Choose from 3 character models for each gender.
  • Simple yet fun.
  • Camera button to take pictures but you can also flip it and take selfies.
  • Plays more like an experience like Journey.
  • On-screen icon pop-ups.
  • Combine different blocks and platforming will be introduced to you over time.
  • Can play the guitar and entertain the residents.
  • A nice challenge.
  • Laid back tranquil soundtrack.

Cons:

  • Slow paced.
  • Little explanations.
  • No hints/tips button.
  • Controls are sensitive.
  • Story is slow.
  • One and done experience.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

A charming game full of mystery and self-discovery. The game looks so beautiful and discovering the islands and animals is such a treat. I found the puzzles to be an adequate challenge without being frustrating, The way the game deals with many topics is interesting and not controversial. To be honest, it’s all about taking selfies with animals and playing guitar, The puzzles and platforming is just a nice added bonus. In short its a slow yet engaging platform/puzzle adventure game that is a joy to experience.

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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