Still There on Nintendo Switch, is a story-driven psychological adventure game about lingering grief, technical puzzles, wacky AIs and dark humour. Evade the past, welcome oblivion, make the perfect Italian coffee. After receiving an emergency radio transmission, the routines of an isolated space-lighthouse keeper and his AI companion are broken forever. Confront, console and confess through dialogues with rich and compelling characters. A classic, humane, sci-fi mystery.
You’ll earn a living as Karl Hamba, the sole operator of The Bento; monitoring and repairing its core systems alongside Gorky, your onboard artificial intelligence. Study your environment to understand the complex functions of the station, report back to your inept employers and discover your true purpose. In between your daily tasks you’ll find plenty to occupy yourself with. Challenge Gorky to a game of chess, nurture a pet tuatara and recycle your urine into another “delicious” meal. The Bento is brimming with detail and interesting ways to interact with everything you see.
As Karl, you have to make sure you listen to your virtual assistant. This includes eating, feeding your pet and taking a serum. You then go back to bed, wake up and do it all over again. This reminds me a lot of Lost, where that guy is in the bunker and doing the same thing every day. You discover a lady in the same situation as you. You then have to use your mind to help rescue her and save yourself.
This puzzle game took me 8 hours or so to complete. The puzzles are complex, but the narrative keeps you hooked. At times, it felt as if I was watching a TV-Show. The music, and story all work well together.
The daily tasks can be completed in a couple of different ways, doing things differently may earn you a couple of trophies. You also earn money by completing tasks. Things start to go wrong, and it’s your job to solve and fix the problems.
Unlike some puzzle games, which may highlight objects, this game will just point you in the right direction and that’s it. So the puzzles may appear simple, but the solution will take some working. This kind of gameplay makes you feel quite proud when completing a puzzle.
Selecting areas can be a bit fiddly with the controller, but you can use the bumpers to magnify and slow down the view. This saved my life a couple of times, as some points needed pinpoint accuracy. I would have liked to see on-screen controls when in handheld mode, but it doesn’t ruin the game for me.
Graphics are clean and look great on the TV and in handheld mode. There is no spoken dialogue, so get ready for a lot of reading. Though being a fan of dark comedies the writing is perfect for me. The music is spooky and very apt for the theme of the game. It does a great job of matching the mood of the game.
Overall, Still There is a game I’ve not played before. It’s a great mix of music, puzzles and story. Finally, please check out our gaming reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.