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Developer: Capybara Games
Content Rating: Teen
Test your adventurer mettle against The Isle’s procedural subterranean labyrinths. Explore a large, interconnected underworld crawling with cunning wildlife, deadly traps and stalked by a shadowy presence. Survive the perils of The Depths and unearth what lies below... or die trying..
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The strange thing is that there’s fun to be had in the spelunk: the simple and satisfying combat, the gentle puzzling, and the meting out, camp by camp, of progress in the depths. It seems the piling on of what was fashionable design has only gotten in the way of its original downward-driving purpose. It’s as if they were blind, all along, to the clue in the clarity of the title.
After waiting for Below for over five years, I’m left conflicted. On one hand, it’s a beautiful and deeply engrossing roguelike with fantastic art direction and stunning music from Jim Guthrie. But it also doesn’t quite jive with some of its gameplay systems and, at times, feels like a confusing mixture of ideas.
Below's extreme demands for patience and tolerance remain right through to the game's mysterious ending. But despite its assured aesthetic and the initial pleasures of discovery, Below will eventually turn into a slog for all but the most committed of players.