Samsara Review

  • Dev: Marker Limited
  • Pub: Marker Limited
  • Released: 07/02/18
  • PEGI/ESRB: 3/E
  • Players: 1
  • Size: 276.1 MB
  • Price: £12.49/$14.99/€14.99
  • Xbox One X Enhanced: No
  • “Wow this is easy! I’ll complete this in no time!” Oh how wrong I was. But that isn’t a bad thing!

    Samsara is a mind bending puzzle adventure game where you have to guide Zee who is lost in Samsara through using magical blocks and your brain to guide her to the portals safely.

    I love this game. It’s so simple but so beautiful. My quote at the start of this review is 100% accurate I was cocky coming into this but I was dead wrong. The first world is easy obviously it’s the tutorial world telling you how to use the mechanics of the game which are easy to pick up. The second was a bit harder a few occasion where I sat looking at the screen thinking “how the bloody hell does this block not fit in here?” and it does its just you forget you have to use the reflection underneath zee to place it.

    As you progress through the levels of which there are just over 70 the game starts throwing in curve balls at you. New additions to the levels which you hadn’t seen before like Zees shadow! Now not only do you need to guide Zee to safety but you need to guide her shadow also! Not to mention new blocks that behave differently and vines that appear and disappear when Zee and her shadow walk over them. To top it all off, once you’ve completed the game you can then challenge yourself to play them all again, but this time inversed!

    A lot of the puzzles are head scratchers. You will sit there scratching your head and staring at the screen thinking for ages then you will want to kick yourself for thinking how stupid you are that you didn’t see it’s as simple as it is.

    The graphics on this game are gorgeous yet not to flashy. Beautiful colours and animations with the sound effects setting the atmosphere in this other world perfectly.

    I must admit however I tended to stick on Spotify through my Xbox and play some of my favourite tunes, but that is because the game doesn’t offer much in the way of music throughout the levels which is a shame. This game is a really relaxing puzzle adventure. A game where you can sit back after a hard day at work and unwind. With puzzle adventures in the past I often get really angry with them and give up because I’m thick and I “give up on things that are too hard for me to handle” thanks for the quote from my mum. I don’t know what it is about this game that makes it so relaxing for me but it does and it will be a game I continue to come back to.

    Gameplay 8
    Graphics 7.5
    Audio 7.5
    Replay Value 8
    Value for Money 9

    Samsara is a beautiful game where I found myself drawn into its colourful world trying not to send Zee to her likely death and by God she will die. A lot. I tried not to let her die though I used my brain and prevented her demise… on a few occasions.

    • Great Graphics
    • Good Concept
    • Great Sound Effects
    • Over 70 puzzles
    • No music through levels

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    Scriptwriter, Actor, Musician and Gamer or a Scracticianer for short.

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