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Published 7 January, 2013

Datura Review

System: PSN download

Price: £6.49 (on sale at time of writing for £3.19)

Developer: Plastic

 

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Ummm, not the best way to start a review I know, but this was the first thing that jumped into my head when I finished the “game” and sat down to write this. The game has been developed by Plastic, who are the Polish demo scene guys that brought you (the trophy whores dream) Linger in Shadows. If you have “played” Linger in Shadows you will have a slight insight into the madness that will follow. The first thing I will say is that this is more of an interactive journey, than a game, with a light splattering of puzzles (very basic, even I could figure them out) thrown in.

I don’t want to talk too much about what happens within this game, because it would be best experienced first hand. But I will reveal the very opening (so slight spoilers). You start by being strapped to a bed in the back of an ambulance, and are prompted to remove the straps and the heart monitoring equipment from yourself. After you have done this the screen fades to black. When you re-awaken you are in the middle of a forest. I think I will leave it there for the story as like I have said before it is best to experience it, rather than read about it.

The game pretty much leads you through holding your hand, with a little bit of exploration to be had. I played this with a Dualshock controller but can be played with a Move controller. The controls are quite clunky, they are usable but they don’t make it feel completely natural.

The visuals are crisp and clean and look really nice although the view of you (a floating hand) is a little un-nerving. Along with some nice visuals the sounds are very atmospheric and I would recommend playing/experiencing the game with a headset.

Closing Comments:

This quite a hard game to but some thoughts together about, it’s a bizzare experience, I don’t think it can be classified as a game but more of an ‘experience’, that’s not to say its bad. If you are looking for something completely different and quite short (around an hour and a half to two hours) it may well be worth a chance. I actually quite enjoyed it. Also for those interested the TROPHIES are quite easy too.

 

TPSUK Podcast Review Score:

 

6.5 / 10

 

Review written be Lee Taylor (THE-BIG-DON)

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