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Regaining consciousness you smell the damp. Opening your eyes you see the stone walls of the chamber flickering by the light of the fire; you stumble to your feet and kick a helmet clattering across the floor. Slowly the ache in your head begins to subside and you notice the beginnings of a passage. After a few steps the darkness consumes you. Returning to the safely of the fire you see a LIDAR scanner on the floor - a trigger press results in a faint glow coming from inside the helmet. You put the helmet on, adjust the beam-width and proceed into the abyss…. Inspired by Gone Home and Dear Esther, Scanner Sombre is a cave exploration experience. With stunning visuals and a terrifying theme, it is the 6th major video game released by Introversion Software - creators of the million selling, BAFTA award winning Prison Architect as well as Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON and Multiwinia.
I received Scanner Sombre from a bundle and left it lying around for a long time. I wasn't sure if this was really a game I could enjoy. I found the screenshots very colorful and the description was also not very tempting. In the end, I decided...
to give the game a chance. After almost 3 hours I finished the game and can say:
- The story is quite thin
- Horror it's also not
- The content consists of walking and scanning
- It's very straightforward and if you scan everything well, you can't get lost
The list sounds quite negative, but now comes the great BUT! the atmosphere that is conveyed here is really great. Everything is so simple and colourful and yet the game manages to create a constriction in confined spaces and tunnels and a depressing loneliness in the wide caves and caverns. The sounds and the music also fit well into the overall concept. The playing time is appropriate and I don't think it should have been much longer. Even less would be a pity and more could have become monotonous in the long run. Whether a play time of approximately 3 hours 9. 99€ is worth to one, must decide everyone for itself. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with a sale or a bundle.
For me Scanner Sombre has definitely been an unexpected pleasure and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet game with strong atmosphere
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