If you have a free ten minutes today (go on, you know you can squeeze it in!) I would heartily recommend checking out the latest release from freeware developer Noah van Nostrand, entitled ‘Neige’.
Noah describes his creation as an ‘abstract and ambient exploration game’ – and it certainly brings the atmosphere to the fore. Featuring lovely lo-fi pixel art graphics, you are thrown into watching your character shoot someone before being flung into some sort of portal to another dimension – a snowy wasteland featuring a suitably grim soundtrack. Here you must make your way back by finding another portal, but be wary, there are dangers! Your spacebar may get a good work out, as reflexes are required – but I won’t spoil anything. There aren’t really any puzzles as such, but you will need to engage your brain to survive.
If you are a fan of these lovely little experiences, download it and it give it a try – it’s free! (Although if you are impressed, do consider contributing to Noah’s itch.io page)
And don’t say I didn’t warn you about the reflexes needed… always remember the ending is worth any frustration you may encounter along the way!
Review by Shaun Aitcheson of Cloak and Dagger Games