A Juggler’s Story will really feel immediately acquainted should you’re a fan of PlayDead’s Inside and Limbo. A story-driven 2.5D journey sport, 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 spite of everything, however this title cannot fairly attain the identical dizzying heights, making this an excellent sport however not an important 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 through the story when she finds herself in a bind.
For probably the most half, A Juggler’s Story performs very very similar to your typical cinematic journey sport. You’ll stroll by way of numerous 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 approach. The important thing distinction right here, nonetheless, is that Abby is continually held up by strings, which proves to be each a blessing and a burden.
Early within the sport you’ll come throughout the primary of many puzzles that primarily 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 leap over a tiny impediment’ limitation usually seen in video games by specializing in what’s above you, as an alternative. Nice in idea, 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.
Other than the puzzles utilised, a lot of A Juggler’s Story focuses on tone and environmental storytelling; you’ll come throughout a spread of creatures and locales, like big spiders (good day, Limbo) and grumpy farmers. The narrator provides 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 seems 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 tough to make out important objects hidden on the bottom, which might grind your progress to a irritating halt. On the flip facet, nonetheless, though the screenshots we’ve captured don’t significantly articulate this very nicely, the sport has a movement blur impact that appears fairly nice when you’re enjoying, 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 be a tad on the brief facet 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 consequently. Should you’re a fan of video games like Limbo and Inside, this can be a good various; simply don’t go anticipating a sport of the identical calibre or high quality.