When you envision a video game character, even if they’re a cutesy cartoon, they are usually an adult. Video games are seen as something for children, yet they don’t often have a represented protagonist, unless that protagonist is going through something horrific, such as the lost of a loved one, like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons or being chased by monsters A Little Nightmare. Rime is a video game that can be play by any age, but it wants you to see the world through that of a child and appreciate the characters journey from a different perspective.
Rime game-play is based of wandering the world and coming across different intrigues and wonders, while puzzle solving to ensure your advancement. You play as a young boy who has just woken up after surviving a torrential storm that has left him marooned on an island. As you progress you will learn more about your character and the world around you, being able to expand on that via secrets found throughout the game.
You meet an adorable fox who will be your narrative companion and help you whenever you get stuck.
Controls are not advanced and shouldn’t be a burden to grasp. While this game seeks to offer something meaningful, it doesn’t want to barrage players with morbid tones. This means that there is no ultimate death for your character. If you fall you are brought back to the point before your otherwise deathly descent. Like previous games we’ve reviewed, if you are caught by the games monsters, once again you lose nothing but a few seconds of time.
Each section of the island you’re marooned on is alive with colour and beauty, with impressively simple charming architecture all around. There will be distinctions in climates and day/night cycles which happen sometime so abruptly you wonder if the island is able to controls it’s own weather.
The developers of Rime, put their heart an soul into this game and they used it not only as an experience for gamers to enjoy but an homage to those who have influenced their lives. At the end of the entire Rime journey, a message from the developers appears, honouring their heritage and the adventures of those that came before – “To grandparents and their forgotten stories”
The game clocks in at about 5hrs to completely, but can be expanded if you wish to explore the world more thoroughly, which is very worthwhile visually and from a relaxing standpoint.
Platforms: PS4/Xbox One/PC
Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: Grey Box
Price: £29.99/€34.99 (Digital & Physical versions)
Disclaimer: Scary Granules received a review copy of this game.