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Developer: Coconut Island Studio
Content Rating: Everyone
“Shio” is a challenging platformer game in which you explore the world by jumping from lantern to lantern. As “Shio” lacks a combat system, your real enemies are bottomless ravines, spiked wheels, and many other obstacles.
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In all honesty, it’s hard to sum Shio up without another “generally.” The story sections where you control a little girl as she takes tiny slow footsteps across the screen until absolutely nothing happens do nothing but annoy. Then the trial-and-error sections of gameplay that actively force you to suffer unnecessary deaths are frustrating enough to put a downer on things. But, even with all the flaws considered, when Shio gets things wrong – which it does pretty much everywhere outside of the platforming itself– it generally makes up for the errors with challenging action. If only that last “generally” weren’t needed, it would be right up there with the best of them.
Shio works as a simple 2D platformer, but it lacks a strong hook to motivate players to finish the game. The gameplay was simple, and the levels well designed, but there never came a moment where it elevated beyond simplicity into something memorable. Perhaps the game would translate well into the mobile market.
Shio provides you with the tools for success but refrains from any hand-holding. It demands perfection and doesn’t allow for even minor mistakes. Needless to say, no matter how excellent the story and the atmosphere are, the degree of difficulty present ensures this is not a game for everyone. For fans of the genre though, Shio is an adventure that simply begs to be experienced.