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Few games catch me completely by surprise with their beauty as well as their gameplay, action-adventure game Figment [GOG, Steam] is one such title.

Honestly, I've very surprised I haven't heard more about it and it has so few user reviews on Steam it's kinda crazy. I would have expected something this good to have been talked about a lot.

Disclosure: Key provided by GOG directly.

Curiously, Figment opens with a cut-scene involving a car crash. You're not really given any details and you don't actually see anything that happens. It's mysterious and starts the guessing games right away. After that, you play as Dusty along with your cheery companion Piper, with the game taking place inside the depths of the human mind. Whose mind? That's for you to find out as you progress through the game.

It's an action-puzzle game, so one minute you're swinging your sword taking on Nightmares and smaller creatures, the next you're gathering items to proceed to the next area, pressing buttons to switch platforms between locations and more. It feels like a good mix, not too much of either.

While the gameplay and the mechanics are all rather simple, it's very good at what it does. It doesn't feel repetitive, each new area of the mind feels completely different to the last and everything feels like it has a purpose. Knocking on doors can give you some small insights, defeating enemies releases endorphins (their version of a simple experience system) and more.

The audio work in Figment is simply amazing. The ambient music is lovely and relaxing, but each time you enter a boss fight it's suddenly kicked up a few notches, each having their own music and song. I don't think I've played a game before where each boss literally sings at me, that was a little on the weird side, but amusing. It's not just the Nightmares that that are musical, the whole game is filled with music. There's plants that have instruments in them, there's also instruments growing from the very islands you're running around on.

For my playthrough, I used my Logitech F310 gamepad and it worked beautifully, no issues encountered at all. It's not exactly the most challenging, but it is a thought-provoking game and it's beautifully presented.

You can find Figment on GOG and Steam.

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dorron 26 October 2017 at 5:30 pm UTC
Looks amazing! For some reason it reminds me of Bastion...

Straight to my watchlist!
callcifer 26 October 2017 at 8:31 pm UTC
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Wow, I'm sold based on that trailer alone. Looks and sounds excellent. Thanks for the heads up Liam.
no_information_here 27 October 2017 at 1:27 am UTC
I was wondering about this one. Thanks for the quick review!
madpinger 27 October 2017 at 3:33 am UTC
Def reminds me a LOT of Bastion. Production quality looks top notch ^.^
cRaZy-bisCuiT 27 October 2017 at 9:04 am UTC
It's now on sale in a bundle with two other games, one of these, Back to Bed, is also a Linux puzzle game.

The game in DE costs 19,99 € while the bundle costs 17,65 €.

Actually when I stated to move to Linux I was really a lot into well-made creative puzzle and jump'n'run games since there was a lack of others. Nowadays that we have quite a lot of AAA games I only went back to small indie titles via Humble Bundle mostly. Maybe I should give that one a try, it looks very beautiful.
Keyrock 27 October 2017 at 11:19 am UTC
Wishlisted
Eike 27 October 2017 at 11:44 am UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiTIt's now on sale in a bundle with two other games, one of these, Back to Bed, is also a Linux puzzle game.

I found Back to Bed rather bad, though. The puzzle is leading someone who's turning right (or was it left?) on every obstacle back to his bed. Yes, AFAIR that's about it.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 27 October 2017 at 12:59 pm UTC
I see. Still the bundle is cheaper than the game alone.
Pit 27 October 2017 at 5:00 pm UTC
Oh wow is this beautiful! Yes, I'm also sold just from the trailer. All those small details like bridges from pencils and pins, the music....
For sure goes directly to the wishlist, though I think it might not survive long on there before being bought
cRaZy-bisCuiT 30 October 2017 at 7:43 am UTC
Now it's only 15,55 € in DE if you buy it as a bundle on Steam - until 1.11.2017.
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