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Psychological Pixel Horror : Distraint

A game with deep story is my favorite and this type includes Distraint which was developed by Jesse Makkonen. This game was originally launched for PC but later came the android version. This game was designed with pixelated graphic and in 2D side-scrolling movement. I don’t usually play horror game, but this game was rated almost perfectly at 4.9 in Google Play, so I decided to give it a run.. and I don’t regret it up to this point.

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I think my pictures above have described Distraint fully with only 3 sentences, but I won’t stop here. I’m gonna share my experiences and what I feel throughout this game since the game mechanics are really superb.

First of all, as one of the picture described, the graphic HUD or UI is really simple. You have 5 barely-visible buttons at the bottom of your screen, left and right for movement, A for action, O for option, and B for I-forget-what since I played this game a few months ago. Find out by playing the game, I recommend it. 😀

In Distraint, you’ll gain control of a young ambitious man named Price, in doing his daily job, some kind of debt collector or so. He’s so ambitious and target-oriented that somehow he forgot some life values that he should adore more than money and position. This game brought up that story with unique plot and amazing detail, as well as some horror ‘spices’ for a full-meal game. The universe may start in a usual city and environment but as you progress throughout the game, you’ll face more weirdos, creeps, and other unexplainable stuffs and events. At the end, you’ll find out what really happen with Price’s life as well as a surprisingly shocking ending.

Distraint is mainly a side-scrolling puzzle game so you’ll need more brain than brawl to complete it. It’s not a few times that you’ll face a complex problem that let you explore the same area for a few times only to get a single clue. I admit that this puzzle’s level (overall) is amazing. It’s not that easy to solve but not not very hard as well. Balanced. You just need to be thorough in exploring areas or objects. The horror portion isn’t that much actually since it’s more about the story, but several  light-jumpscares do exists in this game. Don’t worry, that won’t give too much shock 😀

After all, this game gave me really great experience in playing light-horror game. I love the story, the ending, and the moral lessons they packed this game with. Since I’m still tied with limitation, especially with gaming platform, I’ll still cover mobile games and I need to explore even deeper in Google Play. Anyway, if you have any recommendations/ideas/opinions for me, pour me some words at the comment section, give like if you enjoy reading my stories, and stay tuned for my next foodie/gaming experiences.

 

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I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

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and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

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Tale of the Underrated Pupil : Owlboy

For today, I’ll jump to another platform to talk about another game. Couple months ago I saw this game and I decided to try it. I’m quite a fan of retro-style gaming designed with 8-bit graphic style, so without further thinking, I jumped into this game.

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That game was called Owlboy, and was developed by D-Pad Studio.  Owlboy is a side-scrolling 2D platformer game with an interesting plot and settings. You’ll gain control of a mute pupil owl, just an ordinary student which is always underrated by his classmates, called Otus. Being the fact that he’s a mute owl boy, he’s living with burden of being underestimated of his own and true capabilities. He lives in a airborne village and has a best friend who’s a local engineer/inventor named Geddy. Despite of being a non-confrontational manner, Geddy will always be ready to back Otus up whenever he’s in danger.

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Otus
(cute design, though :D)

The journey of this couple in Owlboy starts when a group of sky pirate attacks and raids the village and the two are bound to seek revenge. Moving through the plot, you’ll gain some allies to aid you in help, as well as accessing some spaces with their special abilities. If you’re trying to complete the side stories, you’ll even go deeper with the original story of that village, or the world. You’re gonna explore the history and background of what’s left today. I recommend everyone to play this game. Cool as heck!

Since Owlboy is basically a 2D side-scrolling game, the movements are limited. You’ll only be able to move forward, backward, up, and down. However, this game combines flight system with the ordinary side-scrolling concept, thus you can go airborne and reach or explore even broader area. Owlboy‘s map is actually gigantic, therefore I can consider this game to be an open world 2D platformer. This is terrific since there’re not many games with similar concepts.

The game also provides you some puzzles to solve and sometimes they’re to reach secret area and pursue deeper stories. Some puzzles need certain and specific way to solve, including using your allies’ special abilities, thus not every puzzles can be solved before reaching some points in the story and recruit new crews. I think the only drawback is the game is too short :D. D-Pad studio, please make similar game but with waaay longer playtime :D.

Owlboy is a great game, everything is so balanced. The puzzles aren’t that hard to solve, the story line is deep and interesting, graphic style is really nostalgic (it brings me to my time when I was playing Nintendo, even Owlboy‘s graphic is more complex pixelated style). It’s unconsciously making me to go deeper and deeper by completing all the side story, but sadly I can’t get the last item from the village item shop because it needs every single coins in the game to buy. I need more game like this, simple but immersive. Anyway, follow my blog for more stories, give like if you enjoy reading my post, and pour some words in the comment section if you have recommendations, ideas, or opinions. Stay tuned for the next story.

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

Patreon

Artstation

and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

Thank you. :D*