Editor: Diane Hutchinson Editor@girlgamersuk.com

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Introduces Malkavian clan

May-30-2019
Comments Off on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Introduces Malkavian clan

505 Games to Publish the First Title from Typhoon Studios

Sep-5-2018
Comments Off on 505 Games to Publish the First Title from Typhoon Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ear Force headsets

Jul-25-2011
Comments Off on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ear Force headsets

The Sims Free Car

Apr-19-2010
Comments Off on The Sims Free Car

Neversong

Posted by GG Goblin On July - 17 - 2020

Never go and play in an asylum.

 
Puzzle platformers are plentiful, and so fans of the genre are rarely left wondering what to play next. As a result, developers have to make their games stand out from the crowd, maybe through a gameplay gimmick or with a theme that pulls the player in. Neversong from Serenity Forge gets the player interested by presenting what looks like a charming tale of childhood, while barely hiding a darkness behind the scenes. Players will want to jump in and find out about Peet, discover what happened to his friend Wren, and possibly face off against the incredibly creepy smiley man.

 


 
The presentation in Neversong is perhaps the most standout feature of the game. It all starts so nicely, with storybook panels and a narrator speaking in verse as he explains about how Peet was a sad little boy, until he made friends with Wren. But things take a turn for the worse when they decide to go and play in the local asylum, as you do. A creepy smiley man kidnaps Wren and puts her in a cage, which was so scary that Peet fell into a coma. Upon waking up, Peet discovers that the parents of the town had gone off looking for Wren but had not returned, and the remaining children, while still mostly friendly, blame Peet for not defending Wren in the first place. So now, with both Wren and the parents missing, Peet will have to summon up the courage and, along with his talking bird friend, work out what is going on and presumably save everyone.

 
To begin with, the player is wandering around the rooms of the asylum, and everything seems fairly normal. However, the more the player wanders, the more it becomes apparent that there is something really creepy going on. Then, the player wakes again in Wren’s house, and heads out into the town to find out what is happening.

 
Peet is able to jump right from the beginning, and this will allow him to reach some areas in the town. He is also able to talk to the other children that are simply doing their thing. While they are mostly not happy with Peet, they are all pleased to see him up and about, and talking to them will lead to more clues as to what to do or where to go, even to the point that a kid will actually ask Peet to fetch something for them. Neversong can be a little vague in giving direction, and so players will need to pay attention to both the storybook cut scenes and the conversations they have in order to find the clues they need to progress.

 


 
While jumping up ledges or on platforms is enough to get the game going, the player will quickly find a baseball bat that allows them a simple attack, which is quite handy as there seems to be an influx of strange spider-like creatures in the town. The bat can also be used to break objects or activate levers. There are also a number of boss battles that will need to be completed, which are a little tricky but not too taxing. Keeping the gameplay fresh and interesting, the player will also find other abilities that will be needed to proceed in the game, such as swinging on hanging orbs, using umbrellas to float high in the air, or even zip along on a skateboard.

 
The player will have plenty to discover. Peet’s health is dictated by hearts displayed at the top of the screen, and taking damage in combat will reduce those hearts. Fortunately, there seems to be plenty of opportunity to top them up. There are also little shinies to collect that will, once enough have been found, give Peet extra hearts. Then there are cards to find which allow the player to customise Peet and Bird’s appearance, which is nice. Most importantly though are Wren’s songs, tunes that Peet will learn and then can play on the piano to unlock those abilities needed to proceed.

 
Visually, Neversong has a lovely, charming style that seems to try and hide a creeping darkness. It is all very pleasant to look at, with a lovely colour palette, but the dark-eyed children and strange growths can really put the player on edge. With an impressive piano-based soundtrack, that creepiness also follows through into the music. Even the voice work is done very well and manages to imply a certain mysterious threat that the player will want to discover. There is almost a madness to the game, which goes very well with the asylum in which Wren was taken.

 
Neversong warns the player at the very beginning that there may be some subject matter in the game that could disturb, and there is certainly a disturbing undertone to the game. However, despite some twists and a memorable ending, Neversong feels like it is over too quickly. Running at only around five hours, depending on the player, a little bit more would have been nice.

 


 
While Neversong never really commits to any of its different gameplay mechanics, there is plenty of variety to be had while exploring, fighting and solving puzzles. With visuals and audio that are absolutely top notch, the slightly disturbed world of Neversong comes to life and will compel the player to rush forward to the all too soon conclusion. Neversong is a very enjoyable puzzle platformer for those who like their gaming with a touch of childhood nightmare.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

Add your comment

Ooblets Early Access Trailer

Posted by GG Goblin
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • title_ad2
  • Panzer Paladin

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Aug-5-2020

    Othercide

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Aug-4-2020

    Radical Rabbit Stew

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Jul-30-2020

    Destroy All Humans!

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Jul-29-2020

    Ghost Of Tsushima

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Jul-28-2020

    Paper Mario: The Origami King

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Jul-28-2020

    Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Jul-22-2020

    Neversong

    Posted by GG Goblin
    Jul-17-2020