What is Inmost? Right from the start, I was hooked. I had to remind myself sleep was a thing I was so entertained. Clicking on the new game and watching the opening cinematic I got Ori and the blind forest vibes but darker. If not darker more sombre like from the start you know you may shed a tear or 2 by the end.
The story here is a heavy one. It deals with loss. It’s a tale of pain and loss all in one. It’s told from a kid’s voice and perspective until the very end when it’s revealed what the full story is. There are really 3 stories here and all of them are interconnected and woven together. Without spoiling the story as I feel you should play this little gem it’s a sad yet happy story. Like I said it would, it almost made me shed a tear.
One thing that we can all see if you watch the video or looking at the screencaps is the game is beautiful. The pixel art is brilliantly atmospheric, there was a fair few times I had to stop and look around. Maybe I’m biased because I love retro pixel looking games but even you have to admit this game is beautiful. The animation is smooth and responsive. The character sprites lovingly rendered with each being recognizable. Seriously the artists on this team pat yourselves on the back this is a job well done! As someone who has trouble seeing certain colors especially blues there was enough distinction in the shades that I had no trouble at all finding my way around.
In Inmost you need to escape the depths of an otherworldly labyrinth in this cinematic and beautiful puzzle platformer. Explore a hauntingly beautiful world full of mystery and hidden truths. Explore with three playable characters, in one dark, interconnected story. The music sets the tone of the game. Sombre and sad. With moments of action that kick the music into high gear.
Everything feels like it has real-world physics with Inmost. The knight can’t jump because of his heavy metal armour. The little girl struggles to climb on chairs and can’t jump or reach high places. Our main character can run and jump but will also fall to his death. Yes, you that’s right you can fall to your death which means there is fall damage. While at first, I got flashbacks to Bubsy this is so much better and has a place in the game.
There are tons of save points or lamps so it doesn’t feel devastating when you fall or get killed. The resets are quick and usually put you right back to where you were before you died. You will die a lot. It’s nice to feel like the game doesn’t hate you and punishes you for not knowing what’s happening sometimes. Every action feels slow but in a deliberate way. From loading the ballista one bolt at a time to the slow crane lift to get the fuel can on top of the tree from the generator, everything serves a purpose and makes you think about your choices, especially towards the end.
The game is forgiving in the taking hits department at least as the main character. The only character that can actually do combat is the knight character. While the main character has to rely on the environmental puzzles to kill things and the little girl sections are just puzzle solving. There is only 1 true “boss” in Inmost. There are tough animals that you may need to trick but the main cause of your issues is a recurring enemy you thought you defeated in the beginning.
As you play you collect “pain” these shards of light looking things and scraps of paper that hold either maps or memories. There are 85 to collect which brings replayability right there to find and collect all the pain. You collect them and get stories from the old person in the castle. They’ll tell you more about what happened to the land and people. Also, You can pet the cat and later on push a cat but it saves his life so don’t feel bad.
It’s a short game which is great for replayability to go back and find more shards and explore every room. However, it left me wanting more. Like the story could be spread out over another 1 or 2 of gameplay instead of the 3.5 hours it took me to finish it with tons of backtracking and getting lost as few times. I know for sure I’ll be heading back into this beautiful world. You can pick up this little gem of a game on Steam, Nintendo Switch and Apple Arcade right now!
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