My first review is going to be on a little known indie game known as Gunpoint. Although it's been out for over 2 years now, many people have not picked up this game yet (and they should, but I'll get to that later).
Genres: Indie, Puzzle
Price on Steam: $9.99
This game is about a man named Richard Conway, a freelance spy, who through a series of puzzles (break-ins) must help uncover the truth about a murder and corporate espionage. I would say more, but I don't want to reveal too much of the story due to the game's short nature. This game combines elements of comical storytelling, simple designs, elaborate puzzles, innovative gadgets, and smooth controls.
My take on it
Gunpoint is a game that has shown me how an indie game can excel through simplicity, but still maintain captivating game play. The writing for this game is very well done for the most part. I certainly enjoyed the hilarious dialogue options that the main character, Richard Conway, presented and the way that the tutorial tips also seemed to act as a third person at times. I was a little bit disappointed with the lack of responses that differed based on the dialogue options you chose, but I suppose that's just being a little bit too nitpicky. For me, this game really made me interested in the story and fascinated at how there are so many ways to solve each individual break-in. Each puzzle felt very interesting and creative. I would definitely say for someone like myself who is not a huge fan of the puzzle genre, I actually really enjoyed working through the intricacies of the gadgets to solve each puzzle.
Unfortunately, there were a few downsides but not many overall. I was a tad bit disappointed with how short the game was, but for an indie game like this one I felt as if 2-5 hours of game play is reasonable. Also, it can be a bit frustrating when gadgets don't work when they are supposed to, but that rarely ever happened. Upgrades are nice, but at a certain point it doesn't really matter. Aside from that, the game was really enjoyable.
TL;DR Wrap up
+ Funny Dialogue
+ Easy-to-use Controls
+ Engaging level design
+ Can make decisions
- Game play is a little short.
- Decisions don't alter too much of the story
Final Rating: 8.0/10
Should you buy this game?
Definitely. It is a fun game to play and the funny dialogue certainly makes the game incredibly enjoyable. The puzzles are innovative and engaging. Ultimately, it's a fun game. I may be a little bit partial due to the fact that I love "detective" sort of genres, but I feel that most people would enjoy this game. I will confess though, for the price point of $9.99 I would potentially wait for it to go on sale. However if you can't wait that long, $9.99 is still a reasonable price.
Who should buy it?
I would recommend this game to almost anyone out there who has at least a general appreciation for humor or puzzles regardless of if you are a casual or hardcore gamer.
Thanks for reading!