A Juggler’s Story will really feel immediately acquainted when you’re a fan of PlayDead’s Inside and Limbo. A story-driven 2.5D journey recreation, A Juggler’s Story share’s a lot of the identical DNA as its critically acclaimed siblings (it even feels a bit too acquainted at occasions). Imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, in any case, however this title cannot fairly attain the identical dizzying heights, making this a very good recreation however not an awesome one.
A Juggler’s Story focuses on the lifetime of Abby, a marionette who escapes from a lifetime of exploitation and abuse. Serving to her alongside the best way, in fact, is the puppet grasp – our narrator – who saves Abby at a number of factors in the course of the story when she finds herself in a bind.
For essentially the most half, A Juggler’s Story performs very very similar to your typical cinematic journey recreation. You’ll stroll by varied environments – together with marshes and villages – the place you’ll want to beat quite a few puzzles, obstacles, and enemies that occur to dam your manner. The important thing distinction right here, nonetheless, is that Abby is consistently held up by strings, which proves to be each a blessing and a burden.
Early within the recreation you’ll come throughout the primary of many puzzles that basically requires you to maneuver an object out of the best way in order that the strings holding Abby up don’t get caught. It’s an fascinating mechanic as a result of it successfully does away with the entire ‘this character can’t soar over a tiny impediment’ limitation usually seen in video games by specializing in what’s above you, as a substitute. Nice in principle, in fact, however sadly there’s finally little or no deviation from the puzzle construction all through the sport; when you’ve discovered one, you’ve just about figured all of them out.
Except for the puzzles utilised, a lot of A Juggler’s Story focuses on tone and environmental storytelling; you’ll come throughout a variety of creatures and locales, like big spiders (hi there, Limbo) and grumpy farmers. The narrator offers good context to the conditions Abby finds herself in, and the rhyming construction of his dialogue provides a pleasant contact to the general presentation.
Visually, the sport usually appears attractive, with beautiful backgrounds full with lovely sunsets and climate results. The issue, as with many multi-platform titles, is that that is objectively a lesser visible expertise on Change than you’d maybe discover on different platforms. Characters and objects look unpleasantly out-of-focus, and it’s usually troublesome to make out very important gadgets hidden on the bottom, which may grind your progress to a irritating halt. On the flip aspect, nonetheless, though the screenshots we’ve captured don’t notably articulate this very effectively, the sport has a movement blur impact that appears fairly nice when you’re taking part in, including a contact of realism to the sport.
At simply two – three hours in size, A Juggler’s Story is a lean expertise with little fats on the bones (although should still be a tad on the brief aspect for some). However, it’s a disgrace that the developer leant on the identical sort of puzzle for a lot of the sport, because it makes sure areas really feel repetitive in consequence. When you’re a fan of video games like Limbo and Inside, this can be a good different; simply don’t go anticipating a recreation of the identical calibre or high quality.