Stay had me captivated from the start. The story, gameplay and music took me into the world head first and it really made me feel that whatever decision I made would effect the well being of Quinn that I have grown to sympathise with.
This game stars two people. Quinn a man who has been kidnapped and being held in a room with nothing but a computer to keep him company and you. You somehow have connected with Quinn via a web messenger and you are the only contact he has to the outside. Its a simple game that primarily is reading and choosing a response from a few different angles. The longer you stay on the game with Quinn and talk with him the more he will trust you. There is a timer of how long you are on the game and you are free to leave whenever you like but the timer for you being away will always be running. Leaving Quinn by himself for a long period of time can effect him negatively. You can lose this game as I found out the hard way. I started trying to pry into his private life too quickly without him trusting me enough and he punched the computer screen and threw it on the floor. I don’t know what happened to him after that…
The story is amazing. Its so simple but it plays on every different emotion you have. We all have been in a situation where we get depressed but imagine if you were locked in a pitch dark room alone and the only person you can talk to is a stranger on a computer who may leave for hours on end. It really makes you want to help Quinn get out of the room by giving him suggestions of what he can do. The game however in my opinion gets stopped in its tracks by some extremely difficult puzzles. I enjoy puzzles as much as the next man however I felt it pulled away from the rich narrative of this amazing story. All I wanted was to quickly finish the puzzle so I can get back to interacting with Quinn.
What a beautiful pixel art game we have here. Its dark and mysterious and to be honest you don’t really need full on next gen graphics for a game where its main focus is the narrative and those are the kind of games I love. When a game can be such an amazing refreshing thing to play but lacks the graphical qualities of say Kingdom Come: Deliverance I think its a complete success in the gaming industry. I cant fault the graphics in anyway. To the small live screen of Quinn at the top left of the chat window as he scratches his nose or looks around and when he’s typing. to the small scenes of him walking around exploring. The fact that it is pixel art never once distracted me from narrative story.
The music was captivating and eerie it really helped with the ambience of the moment Quinn and I were in at that time. I honestly thought the music was one of the best things about this game. There are loads of different choices you can make with Quinn in this game so there are a lot of different ways to play. Easily a re playable game when you have a few spare hours. This game is a steal at its low price and should be in anyone’s library if they enjoy captivating stories and games where you feel you have a real impact on what is happening.