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Developer: Altered Matter
Content Rating: Everyone
Etherborn is a third-person environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures. You are a voiceless being that has just been born into a world where a bodiless voice awaits your arrival.
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Whilst short and somewhat overly dramatic in regards to its writing, the game’s core loop is thoroughly well designed, putting forward engaging, clever mechanics that rarely grow tiresome. This is further upheld by solid visual and audio design, both of which collectively set the vibe of the game remarkably well. Puzzle fans looking to fill a quiet evening will no doubt enjoy what’s on offer, it’s just a shame it’s all over with far too soon.
Apart from the slightly more challenging platforming puzzles, however, the electrifying thrill of discovery has largely subsided--you've already found all the secrets, after all--and there's little incentive to revisit it. By the end, even the allure of these small worlds isn't enough to make you return, with only the yearning for more remaining in its wake.
The two clearest adjectives to describe Etherborn would be ethereal and ephemeral. Altered Matter’s confection of abstract art, sound, and puzzle design balances increased difficulty with an unspoken delicacy. I may be recreating the same intangible waffle I’ve criticized this story over, but it makes sense when zoning out and overcoming the next brainteaser. And though it does stick to those gravity-intensive basics, added environmental twists aside, they work well within their fleeting time.