Another Perspective ReviewAugust 21, 2014
Who am I? What am I looking for? These are the questions that our protagonist in Another Perspective hopes to answer. You take on the role of a young man with amnesia, and you must traverse a land of mind-bending puzzles to help retrieve his memories, and find the truth.
In Another Perspective, you have the ability to run, jump, hop, and switch bodies with another version of you. You move the young man with the directional buttons, jump with the space bar, and enter doorways by pressing up. Once you find a grayed-out, sleeping version of your character, you can switch bodies by pressing shift. If you fail, you can restart the level by pressing R. The controls are slick and very responsive.
You begin Another Perspective by simply traversing doorways, until you finally reach a stage with a single floating key, and a lone, locked door. The key allows access to the door. It begins simply enough. Eventually, a few doors and keys later, another version of your character appears. A simple press of a button allows you to switch to the other version. Each character sees the world from their own perspective. One may see stairs, one may view pits, and the first may only perceive flat land, without any obstacles. This is where the true concept of Another Perspective is introduced, and the puzzle aspect begins.
Puzzles involve trying to reach keys placed in certain parts of the level. Only by switching from one character, changing the landscape, and strategically moving each “you”, will you be able to reach the key, unlock the door, and exit to the next level.
Moving from body to body isn’t as simple as merely hopping through the stage. You need to position yourself (selves?) in such a way that you become a step. For instance leaping, freezing mid jump, teleporting to the next you, and using the mid-jump-you as a stepping stone to get over an otherwise impassable wall. That’s the simplest form of solving puzzles in Another Perspective. It eventually gets more complex, as multiple versions of the character emerge, and you’ll need to control more than a few different perspectives, all in a single stage.
The story keeps you captivated and interested, from the very first words:
“I’m looking for something. I’ve been looking for as long as I can remember. In fact I’ve looked for so long… that I don’t remember what I was looking for.”
What did he lose? What did he forget? There’s a wonderful sense of isolation throughout. I really enjoyed how the story is told without the need to halt gameplay or force you to sit through a long-winded cutscene. The narrative unfolds as you play, slowly shifting in the background as you work your way through the puzzles. It adds a great pace to Another Perspective, and gives you incentive to move on to the next puzzle. What will the next screen say?
The piano music that’s used during gameplay is slow, haunting, and atmospheric. Along with the overall tone of loneliness, the soundtrack adds that extra bit of depth that settles your emotions, and gives you a strange feeling of loss and seclusion. The end music is also really beautiful, and helps drive the final moments into your heart. Very well done.
Another Perspective has a great concept. Switching from body to body in order to solve puzzles is something I’ve never played, personally. It’s both new and refreshing, and I love games that push the boundaries of not only gameplay, but also how the story is conveyed to the player in imaginative ways.
I do wish that the levels in Another Perspective had a bit more variety, though. When you enter the first room, and solve the first puzzle, you’ve pretty much seen what the game has to offer, visually. Also, the same song plays through your entire journey, and only in the end does it deviate. Some different music and areas would have really added to this wonderful game.
I won’t spoil the story, or how it ultimately concludes, but it leaves a lot to the imagination. Although it is a surprise, so I guess it did well not being simple or predictable. I enjoyed where the story was going, I just wish that it delivered on how it began with a bit more insight into the character, and his plight. Not to say that the ending didn’t make me think — it was very thought provoking, but it did seem out of place.
Another Perspective is an interesting game with a fascinating premise. I truly enjoyed its concept of controlling multiple characters in order to solve puzzles — I just wish there was more variety to the levels, story, and soundtrack. What it does have is solid gameplay, controls, mechanics, concept and music. Another Perspective was developed by ShaunJS, and is available on Steam for $5.99. It is a really fun game, and it will definitely scratch your puzzle itch with something new and entertaining.