Decay Part 1 indie review
You’re in a a room, everything is hazy and you can’t think straight, there are no sounds around you and the room is swinging side to side.
You soon realize it’s not the room that’s swinging but instead it’s you, hanging by a thick rope in what can now be seen as the bathroom. You snap back into reality just to start an adventure that may take you beyond the realm of belief.
That’s the best thing you can get out of the first minute of Decay, a Xbox indie game created by the Sweden based studio Shining Gates Software.
The game has a very dark tone to it, think early Silent Hill and you come close, the design is wonderful without throwing to much in your face.
Decay is a point and click game that gives the player very little moving freedom, you can use the D-pad to turn left, right or do a 180.
The controls, while very limiting, feels good. It’s very responsive and gets the job done without frustration, not once did I ever fight the controls to point at a certain object.
You start off in, as far as you can tell at the moment, your bathroom. After looking around the room you notice a thick rope hanging from the ceiling, did you just try to commit suicide? You don’t know if you’re alive or if you tried but failed, all you remember is haziness.
The game is kinda ugly, I was convinced at first, that this game was made for the PC in 2001 but turns out Shining Gate Software was created in 2009.
The design is what really carries this game, because if you were to show this to a PC gamer they would wonder if they could buy it cheap from Steam.
Deep down this game is a collect and solve puzzle, you will find certain Items that will open up different parts of the level. Problem is, the puzzles are easy, they nearly solve themselves.
In the end Decay Part 1 is somewhat hard to fully explain because of the game’s length.
This game is way to short, I’ve played demos longer than this game and on top of that the game costs 240 points.
That alone will keep people away from this brilliant and haunting game, which is sad because this is actually a good game with potential to be a full length PC game.
Part 1 doesn’t give a lot about the story but it gives enough to make you want more, so far the game shows a killer is on the loose and that’s really about it. Well that and a creepy doll.
This is a game worth checking out, the trail version gives you the basic and expects you to drop the 240 points.
If you have the spare points check it out but, if you’re saving your points for a rainy day save them, you’re not missing out on to much with part 1.