The video game Lightstep Chronicles was released on Steam for PC on August 1 st . Today, we see video game developers lean mainly towards mobile devices and develop games that are fun, fast and suitable for portable devices. But now, Eipix Entertainment brings us this rare choice in the genre, which is obviously a passion project, developed with great ambition and care. It is still an independent game, but when you consider it a textual adventure for PC, you know that something new is waiting for you.
Development and reception
This game was developed and published by Eipix Entertainment . This is his title & # 39; fresh out of the oven & # 39 ;, while they have been involved in the development of various titles, such as Farm Slam, Free The Witch and text adventures like Lifeline Whiteout. Lightstep Chronicles is developed exclusively for PC and is on Steam at $ 9.99 . Since the game only came out a couple of days ago, on August 1, it is too early to notice significant comments and comments, but the small comments they got are too positive.
The story (contains spoilers)
alien ship is located at a SQU-112 Military Base on Planet Kepler 452b. A military squad infiltrates and finds something unexpected. The crew is attacked and disabled. The player, Captain Cain Phoenix, wakes up to be greeted by a giant mechanical eye, who introduces himself as ALEPH and insists that it was he who saved him from someone named Malkuth. ALEPH is the AI of the ship, and its name means advanced logic unit, empathy, psychology and heuristics. Then, your host imposes a game & # 39; quid pro quo & # 39 ;, you tell him things and then he tells you things …
You are aboard Amarok, a ship that, as ALEPH informs you, was owned of an Emperor who gathered knowledge and stored on the ship. The knowledge that many civilizations craved, much more advanced than yours. This knowledge is now accessible to you, but you are asked for their help in return. During the whole conversation, you are sitting in a chair that improves your senses and allows you to interact with the boat, and since this is a textual adventure driven by a story, we don't want to give away too much. Suffice it to say that you quickly learn who Malkuth is and that your ALEPH host has its own problems despite its superior advanced technical artificial intelligence.
Gameplay (Contains Spoilers)
The entire game is played in sequences of questions and answers, or navigate the ship and its controls in the same way. But, as the story becomes interesting and more attractive as you go along, you feel that you are playing a science fiction movie. As you progress, you soon discover that there are several other hosts on the ship, in addition to ALEPH, and everyone wants to prepare you to see their version of the story and become their ally. Everyone has their own credible and persuasive story to tell you and everyone wants your help for a noble cause, or at least one that has the greatest good at stake.
As you continue talking with the AI of the ship, you begin to realize that they are all one and the same AI that actually has a multiple personality disorder. And, like any real schizophrenic, each of his personalities absolutely believes what he says and is the one who is right. Now, this makes your choices very important, while your ability to read, process and manage information is what will take you through this game. Lightstep Chronicles quickly becomes a very difficult decision game and take light steps, since it seems that the name comes from there.
Lightstep Chronicles consists of some well-made backgrounds and the animations are repetitive. All you really have are the interior, exterior ships and perhaps some other scenes. So, the visual diversity is low, but the little scenes and animations you see are really soft, beautiful and expensive. It's a smart way to make a game look visually stunning, but at the same time do it on a budget, which is crucial for an independent developer.
The video game Lightstep Chronicles will captivate your mind and won & # 39; I don't let you go to the end. If you start it, you will be forced to finish it, that's how it is. Its attractive story is very organic, so to speak, and it will make you feel like you are one of the characters in a science fiction novel, while its game leaves enough space for your reasoning to be the main mechanics you use. Definitely worth $ 9.99 or less if you find it for sale, but the rewarding experience it offers is priceless!